Parsley

What is it not good for ;) Parsley has so many benefits, but I feel the most important is its ability to boost your immune system and keep your ph level in your body balanced. If that isn’t enough parsley has a huge amount of antioxidants, folic acid and many other vitamins to help support your heart health, protect the body against arthritis, and reduce the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes and asthma!

Pretty Parsley

How to Choose and Keep
It is always best to choose parsley fresh rather than dried. I do keep dried handy in case I run out of the fresh kind. Italian parsley (flat leaves) has a stronger flavor than curly parsley (shown here). Make sure when choosing fresh that the leaves are bright green and they look fresh with no wilted leaves. Store in the fridge wrapped in a wet paper towel and loose plastic bag. It will last for about 8 days.

Preparation
Parsley is a fragile plant and should be gently washed right before it is used. I love to use fresh on top of salads. It is also amazing in Italian dishes, or even in smoothies. I also enjoy it in soups and sautés.

Nutrients
Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folate, and Iron

Action Steps
1. Choose 1 kind of fresh parsley.
2. Use half in cooking and other half raw in salads, sandwiches or smoothies.

(Resources: www.whfoods.com)