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Interesting Ingredients: Parsley

Parsley often gets overlooked in the health scene - perceived as decoration on a plate or an accessory to a meal. But it shouldn't. The health benefits of this little green herb are pretty impressive. Parsley is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and has anti-inflammatory properties similar to turmeric. It helps your eyes and even your allergies. 

Recently, I've started throwing it in smoothies and soups and sprinkling it on top of dishes like I do with cilantro. It really goes with everything and adds a bit of brightness the same way a lemon does. 

This MindBodyGreen article explains all the great benefits of parsley in greater detail and offers tips on buying and growing it. And this article in SeriousEats discusses the differences between flat vs curly and which goes best with what. Also, a bonus: it's available in grocery stores all year round. 

We need to start seeing parsley as more than just a pretty garnish but a nutritious powerhouse. 

Top 5: Healthy Restaurants in ATL

The Atlanta food scene gets more exciting (and interesting) every year. Healthy restaurants, though? Not really our style. Don't get me wrong - there are tons of healthy options to be found on menus (the seasonal veggie plate at Miller Union is delicious and kale salads are now everywhere), but there are only a few places that focus exclusively on healthy options. 

As someone who loves to go out to eat, I find myself limited. I'm constantly scanning menus for those one or two dishes that seem healthy. That's why I wanted to share my top 5 healthy restaurants in the city. These are my go to joints for salads, veggie burgers, and anything in between. You don't have to worry about finding the healthy option on their menus because it's pretty much all good for you. True Food Kitchen was left off the list only because it isn't local. 

1. Upbeet - A newcomer on the scene over on the Westside offers salads, grain bowls, smoothies, frescas, toasts, and yogurt bowls. The salads and grain bowls are big, hearty, and full of interesting flavors and ingredients. Tons of vegan options available (tofu, tempeh meatballs, cashew yogurt, nondairy milks, etc) with chicken, trout, shrimp, and tuna as well. This establishment is very similar to SweetGreen (if you've ever been to it in the Northeast) and comes from the people behind our beloved YeahBurger! (fast casual - order at counter/similar to YeahBurger! approach)

2. Kale Me Crazy - My love for kale salads and peanut dressing started here. Original location on Highland Ave. in Inman Park, this local franchise has taken off with locations now all around the city. More of a juice bar with a focus on smoothies, smoothie bowls, cold-pressed juices, and shots - however they do offer several salads, wraps, and rotate through different soups in the winter. The kale salad is by far the standout. Great place for post-workout smoothies/smoothie bowls or quick grab and go lunch and dinner. (order at counter)

3. Cafe Sunflower - I have only ever been to the Buckhead location (right next to Houston's on Peachtree) but have always enjoyed my meals here. They are exclusively vegan / vegetarian and have a very robust menu. I find the lunch menu to be the most appealing and brunch on Sunday to be my least favorite (and most limited). Lots of meat alternative dishes with soy chicken, tempeh, seitan etc but also fresh salads, a great veggie burger, wraps, and sandwiches. My usual is to split an order of both the supreme nachos and the quinoa avocado burrito. (sit-down restaurant)

4. Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe - For the longest time, I didn't even know this place existed. Tucked next to Frogs to Dogs in Kirkwood, this little restaurant serves the best vegan biscuits I've ever had. More than just baked goods and matcha lattes, they have soup, salads, sandwiches, a black bean burger, an eggplant melt, breakfast bowls and a few other savory items. Local Golda kombucha is on tap and there's plenty of dairy-free sweets. (order at counter)

5. Radial Cafe - Popular with the CrossFit crowd next door, this Candler Park restaurant has something for everyone - an extensive, seasonal menu complete with everything from vegan hash and sausage, organic cage-free eggs, Brasstown beef, "superfood salads" to traditional "American" fare. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It gets pretty busy on the weekends for brunch. (sit-down restaurant)

Workout Food: Before & After

I mainly workout in the morning. Once I shower for the day, it's hard for me to get motivated to sweat. Plus, I like getting it done before I start anything else in my day: no excuses, no obstacles. Getting up early, however, requires me to be more diligent about when and what I eat. Knowing what to eat before an early morning workout and when to eat it can be tricky. No one wants to feel burpy while doing burpees. (Ever feel that way? The worst.) I'm still trying to get the hang of it: the balance of carbs vs protein vs fats. Not to mention that what I need after heavy weight training or a run is different than gentle yoga. 

Registered dietician, Jessica Jones, explains in this Self what you should be aiming for with both pre and post workout meals. Of course, different workouts may require different fueling and recovery, so listen to your body and know that it what you need some days might be more or less than others. She also offers great recipes and ideas!