The blend of parsley, cucumber, apples and ginger in this recipe make a potent anti-inflammatory smoothie that helps to lower inflammation and provide healthy skin, healthy hair and well-functioning digestive system. This anti-inflammatory smoothie also helps to relieve pain and discomfort associated with arthritis and gout.
Both cucumber and apples are rich sources of dietary fiber that makes it a wholesome and filling smoothie that helps to keep you satiated till the next meal and aids weight loss by cutting out the calories from unhealthy snacking. Dietary fiber and water present in cucumbers also aid digestion and helps to relieve constipation. Chia seeds used in this smoothie add some thickness along with some much needed protein and healthy fats.
Parsley is a flavourful herm that offers a wide range of nutrients and health benefits. Compound carnosol present in parsley has powerful anticancer an anti-inflammatory benefits that helps to reduce inflammation and inhibit the development of prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. This compound also makes the liver more effective at detoxifying the body.
High level of vitamin C present in parsley boosts the immune system and reduces the occurrence of cold and flu. B-complex vitamins found in parsley support healthy nervous system function, protein metabolism and red blood cell formation.
Cucumbers area fat-free and low calorie fruit that contains a variety of essential nutrients. Cucumber is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber that helps to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood, reduce the risk of diabetes, and prevent constipation and other digestive disorders and aid weight loss.
Abundance of potassium in cucumbers helps to maintain fluid balance in the body and around the cells and support healthy muscle contractions. Antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin C found in cucumbers helps to provide healthy skin and hair; protect the eyes and reduce the risk of cataract and age-related macular degeneration.
Apples are one of the best sources of dietary fiber. It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber that provide numerous benefits of health. A specific type of soluble fiber called pectin found in apples form a gel-like structure in the intestine and slow down digestion which helps you to stay full longer which aids weight management by preventing overeating.
Insoluble fiber present in apples regularizes bowel movement and supports digestion. Vitamin C found in apples along with flavonoids cyanidin and epicatechin help to neutralize the harmful free radicals and reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, etc.
Ginger is especially effective for relieving digestive disorders. It helps to soothe the digestive tract and relieve nausea, vomiting and upset stomach. Anti-inflammatory properties of finger help to relieve joint pain and stiffness caused by arthritis and rheumatism. Certain compounds in ginger also provide protection against Alzheimer’s disease and inhibiting the aggregation of platelets in the blood.
Chia seeds are a healthy gluten-free grain loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and boost cognitive performance. Antioxidants in chia seeds help to protect the cells from damaging free radicals and reduce the risk of cancer. Chia seeds are a rich source of minerals phosphorus, magnesium and manganese that help to prevent high blood pressure, support energy metabolism and aid DNA synthesis.
Here is the recipe…
- Parsley (chopped) – 1 cup
- Cucumber – 1
- Apple – 1
- Ginger – ½ inch
- Chia seeds – 1 tablespoon
- Water – 1 cup
- Peel cucumber and chop cucumber, apple and ginger.
- Toss fresh parsley, apple and cucumber pieces in the blender.
- Then add ginger, chia seeds and water to this blender.
- Blend all these ingredients on high speed until smooth.
- Drink this smoothie to make yourself fit and healthy.
This is a 100% vegan and gluten-free smoothie made with whole ingredients which make it suitable for people with gluten intolerance and those following vegan or restrictive diet.