Fresh Parsley vs Dried Parsley
To enjoy the many health benefits of parsley you will want to consume a bit of fresh or dried parsley each morning. If you haven’t yet discovered how amazing parsley is, you can start by reading Parsley Benefits, and then come back and find out whether fresh or dried parsley is best for your lifestyle.
Now that you have decided that you want to improve your health, increase your energy and even lose a few of those extra pounds, here is a guide to the various ways to consume parsley.
The easiest way to add parsley to your diet is by taking it in capsule form. Start with two capsules, which is 900mg total per day. Take the parsley capsules first thing in thing in the morning with a glass of water. Swallowing your parsley capsules down with a chaser of fresh squeezed lemon in water is a great way to start your day. Lemon juice has been shown to aid in weight loss, balance your body’s natural pH levels and is full of Vitamin C. Every body is different, so you can try taking more or less than two capsules and see what works best for you.
Our favorite parsley capsules are available online and in natural grocery stores: Nature’s Way Parsley Leaf – 450mg per capsule. Super easy, inexpensive and convenient!
Fresh parsley can be purchased in the produce section of most grocery stores. The two main varieties are curly parsley and flat-leaf (aka Italian) parsley, and either will do. Try both and see which texture your palate prefers. Preferably, you should eat your raw, fresh parsley first thing in the morning.
The easiest way to eat fresh parsley is to pluck several leaves from the stems, pop them in your mouth, chew them up a bit and swallow them with the aide of a glass of water. If you would rather prep the parsley and add it to your food you can do that too.
One way to prepare the parsley is to finely chop the herb and add it to food. Pluck off the leaves and discard the stems. You can eat the stems as well, but they are thicker and less palatable than the leaves. Here is a little trick: It is quick and easy to finely chop parsley using herb scissors. (Check out our favorite Herb Scissors here). Two tablespoons of chopped parsley leaves is typically a sufficient amount for most people. Feel free to try more or less and to determine the amount of parsley that yields the best results for your body.
Once chopped, try adding it as a garnish to your meal. For example, sprinkle it on scrambled eggs, or if you like a light breakfast you can simply add the chopped parsley to a small bowl of yogurt or applesauce. Many people find the flavor to be unusual at first, but try preparing it a few different ways until you find your favorite way to eat your parsley. Parsley has a strong, yet fresh flavor. Your body may soon begin craving this invigorating herb as a kick-start to a day filled with healthy choices. Share your favorite way to eat parsley below in the Comment section, and read through the comments for some new recipes. Of course, if you don’t want to eat parsley for breakfast, the dried parsley capsules are an excellent option. We do have one more great suggestion for consuming your daily dose of parsley: juicing.
If you have a juicer or have been wanting to try one out, juicing parsley is a delicious way to get your vitamins. Juicing is a fast and efficient way to consume a plethora of nutrients in one meal. Add a few sprigs of parsley in while juicing half a lemon. Lemon and parsley juice can be drank straight like a shot or you can dilute it with water if the taste is too strong. You can also add parsley to any green juice recipe. Depending on your juicer, you may find it is best to only juice the leaves. The parsley stems are pretty fibrous and can clog up juicers with smaller pulp spouts.
If you don’t have a juicer, now is a great time to try one out. There are two main types of juicers on the market: masticating and centrifugal There are pros and cons to each type of juicer. Check out our guide to choosing a juicer here: Choosing a Juicer.