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Wednesday
Mar162011

Peter Rabbit's Smoothie

The grievous events taking place in Japan, the flu that besieged our home this week, and Sunday's time change have left me a little out of sorts. I have felt a special need for a "pick-me-up."

Feeding of the spirit has helped as has nourishing the body—with green smoothies.

I love smoothies for the simple reason that they can pack and hide so much in them. In this smoothie a whole handful of parsley is camouflaged by a host of other vegetables and fruit. It's frosty, creamy and tastes like anything but vegetables or ... parsley.

Parsley is the world's most popular herb and it's benefits go beyond freshening of the breath.

  • The chlorophyll in parsley is known to purify and rejuvenate the tissues of the body—notably the liver and kidneys.
  • Parsley is a member of the umbelliferous vegetable group (others in the group include; Caraway, Carrot, Celery, Cilantro, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Parsley and Parsnip). In their research, The National Cancer Institute has identified the dozen, or so, foods with the highest anti-cancer activity. Umbelliferous vegetables are among them.
  • Parsley is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, several B Vitamins and Vitamin K. It boosts the immune system, helping to fend off infection, colds and disease—and the FLU!

  • When Peter Rabbit overindulged in Mr. McGregor's garden, he went looking for parsley to ease his aching belly. One smart bunny. He knew that parsley aided digestion.

So take a tip from Peter Rabbit. Add some parsley to your diet ... and what better a way than in a green smoothie.

Peter Rabbit's Smoothie

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Easily Citrus-Free | Corn-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Easily Sweetener-Free | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Easily Vegan | Raw

Serves:  2-4
Active Time:  3 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large handful SPINACH
1 small handful PARSLEY
1/2 small ZUCCHINI
1/2 PEAR, quartered and seeded
1/2 BANANA
1 small handful raw CASHEW NUTS
1 tablespoon CHIA SEED or MEAL
1 cup WATER
1-2 cups ICE
Optional:
Splash LEMON JUICE
Optional: SWEETENER (stevia, honey or natural sweetener of choice)

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender, except ice, until super smooth.
2. Add ice and blend until smooth.

Notes:

1  If you are new to green smoothies, you may want to add an entire banana and pear or sweeten with your choice of sweetener.
2. Use organic produce as much as possible. Peel any non-organic fruits and veggies.
3. To ease digestion, cashews may be soaked 4-6 hours and rinsed well.

Reader Comments (11)

Oh, Lexie, a Peter Rabbit smoothie is just what we all need. Even before I read the ingredients, I felt better contemplating something associated with Peter Rabbit. My son's nursery was done in a Peter Rabbit theme. I just love him and everything Beatrix Potter. I'm stocked up on parsley, too, so the timing of your post is really good. So sorry that your family has been ill again. I hope the Peter Rabbit smoothies did the trick to pick you all up.

xoxo,
Shirley

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

I am not exactly a big fan of parsley, and would not have though of including it in a juice. Thanks for all the useful information about parsley. I think we all need a "pick-me-up" after all the depressing news. Happy St Patrick's Day!

This looks great! I did not know that about parsley. We haven't gone longer than 2 weeks without someone in our family being sick since about September (really!), maybe we need to eat more umbelliferous vegetables.

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassidyS

Hi Shirley ... I bet you son's room great. Those are sweet memories, I'm sure! I had to make it Peter Rabbit'S smoothie. I had named it Peter Rabbit Smoothie. Didn't sit well with me. We don't like rabbit in our smoothies : ) Ha!

xoLexie

March 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Kayla and Cassidy, I learned something new, too!

Cassidy, hang in there. That sounded like us last year. I remember thinking I was going to lose my mind! This year we have NOT been sick since September -- I think it's safe to say that I escaped the flu. I have been so grateful! We've been very careful in public, no preschool ... am sure that helped. Next year my oldest starts kindergarten, so things may change. But one year of sick-free and not asthma trips to the hospital were what I needed for my sanity. Healthy season is coming : )

xoLexie

March 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Lex, so sorry you guys hit with the flu. How is everyone doing? Any asthma issues? Yikes. I hope that this awesome looking smoothie got you all back on track.

Oh, and I am with you. Not a big fan of rabbit in my smoothie either. But the parsley? Perfect.
I have a ton of that and spinach growing in my garden right now. And soon my zucchini will be ready. I cannot wait to use it all up in one of these!

Get well soon!
xo
k

Thanks Kim! If I lived closer to you, I'd play Peter Rabbit and raid your beautiful garden : )

xoLexie

March 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Lexie,
All of your smoothie recipes are creative and delicious! My family enjoyed your Squashberry Smoothie, and your Pomegranate Beet Smoothie. Thanks for this recipe, I'm going to make it right now. Please keep your awesome smoothie recipes coming.
:)

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTree

parsley in a green smoothie!? That is definitely a new one to me Alexa, but what a great idea! Helpful for tackling morning breath too :)

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Tree ... I am so tickled that you've tried all of them and are STILL trying them, ha! You can bet I will keep them coming : )

Alisa ... am I rockin' your dairy-free world yet? I still need to get your DF nacho cheese recipe. Cannot WAIT to try it out!

xoLexie

March 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Oh, I'll have to try this - I like the addition of parsley! Crazy timing, I just posted a green drink/smoothie today. It's a good way to take in the greens :)

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