This delicious and healthy parsley smoothie is so simple, easy, and quick. It is naturally detoxifying, gluten free, dairy free, plant based and loaded with antioxidants!
A Cleansing Parsley Smoothie (that tastes delicious!)
It’s time for another smoothie recipe! If you loved my recent arugula smoothie recipe, you’ll love this delicious and healthy parsley smoothie that is also detoxifying, nourishing, and so refreshing.
This tasty parsley smoothie is filling, sweet and slightly tart, and contains a great mix of antioxidants, protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Fresh parsley is the star ingredient but the taste is subtle and blends wonderfully with the other ingredients.
Using Parsley in Smoothies
Parsley is a fantastic nutritional powerhouse in the herb world. While you may not often see parsley in a smoothie compared to other greens/herbs like spinach or mint, it makes a great addition to smoothies as it brings in flavonoids and other herby goodness.
When it comes to using parsley in smoothies, I recommend going with 1/2 cup of fresh parsley per serving of smoothie as to not overwhelm the smoothie but add just the right dose of bright, parsley goodness.
If you are considering pairing parsley with sweet ingredients, it goes especially well with bananas, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, apple, pear, and melons in smoothies (or salads)!
What Does Parsley Taste Like?
Parsley is a common herb and has a great, fresh taste that makes it a recipe favourite. Parsley has a clean, peppery taste, that is slightly bitter, and the bitterness makes it blend well with sweeter fruits.
There are a couple varieties of parsley that I used in this smoothie – Italian parsley and curly parsley. Italian parsley has flat looking leaves, and curly parsley has fuller, “spiky” leaves. The Italian parsley is a bit stronger in flavour, but they both work separately or together in this smoothie.
Can I Blend Parsley?
When parsley is blended using a high speed blender like a Vitamix, the herb becomes barely detectable in texture. While the texture of this parsley smoothie is primarily smooth, there may be little flecks of parsley visible which is totally fine!
Health Benefits of Parsley
Consuming parsley on a regular basis has been linked to many health benefits as it is a superfood loaded with nutrients.
Here are just a few of the benefits of enjoying parsley:
- A 1/2 cup serving of parsley (the amount you’ll get in this parsley smoothie) provides 100% of the daily recommended vitamin A intake, the full recommended daily intake of vitamin K (and then some!), and over 50% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C
- It is rich in cancer preventative antioxidants.
- It helps support bone health because of all that good vitamin K.
- It has natural antibacterial properties.
Parsley Smoothie Ingredients
To make this tasty and nutritious smoothie you need only 8 ingredients! With a mix of whole-food, natural ingredients there’s a perfect blend of sweet, tart, and creamy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Fresh parsley
- Banana (frozen)
- Green apple
- Raw honey
- Vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
Optional Add In:
- Vanilla plant protein powder or unflavoured collagen peptides
The protein powder in this smoothie is optional but I highly recommend adding it. Adding protein helps to make smoothies more filling, and balances the natural sugars from the fruits, making your smoothie a well-rounded, well-balanced meal or snack.
Have you ever made or tried a smoothie with parsley? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later.
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