Parsley is the perfect detox food with high amounts of vitamin C and chlorophyll which are both used in the body’s detoxification processes. Chlorophyll is also said to be a breath freshener by reducing the bacteria that are responsible for producing bad breath and body odor. I’m not really into different detox theories but I do like parsley pesto for the unique taste it adds to my meal. That’s it’s super healthy too is really just a bonus.
I grow parsley on my terrace and it grows like crazy. In the end of each summer, I always make jaws of parsley pesto so nothing goes to waste. I use the pesto for dips and dressing and if it exceeds what I can possibly eat, I freeze it down in icecube containers to use during the autumn and winter.
- 2-3 large handfuls of flat leaf parsley (stalks removed)
- 75g pine nuts (lightly toasted)
- 50g matured cheese (parmesan, manchego or pecorino are good choices)*
- 3 cloves of garlic
- juice from 1 lemon
- extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt
* leave out the cheese for a dairy free option
Apart from giving really good taste to your meals, parsley pesto also adds a bit of extra healthy fat which helps you stay satiated longer so you won’t feel hungry in between meals. That’s especially useful when you have lean meat like chicken breast or fish for dinner.