What the A to Z of winter wellness is all about

When the chill factor drops our focus on good health often drifts. Not only are we more susceptible to nasty winter lurgies, but the temptation to hibernate can mean less moving and not as much focus on the right food for optimal health. In a bid to stay focused (or re-focus) this winter, we've called on the smarts of holistic health expert, Dr Libby Weaver to help compile our interactive A to Z of Winter Wellness. Each weekday we will reveal the next letter and what it stands for in our health file, plus informative graphics and recipe suggestions to help boost your health. Check in to Life & Style every afternoon for your winter wellness inspiration.
- Nicky Park, Life & Style Editor

P | Parsley by Dr Libby Weaver

Parsley is a delicious and versatile herb, the nourishing properties of which are often ignored. Containing a wonderful variety of nutrients including vitamins C and K, it's also a great source of flavonoids. The flavonoids in parsley, such as luteolin, have been shown to function as antioxidants, substances that help to protect the cells in our body from damage from pollution, including skin cells.

Making your own pesto is one of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your evening meal. Using many fresh herbs including parsley, good quality oil such as cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil, salt, lemon juice and nuts or seeds - it can transform the mediocre into a taste sensation. Use it to flavour vegetables, salads or simply serve as a condiment. This beautiful parsley pesto is a great way to give your meals a nutrient dense boost.

Dr Libby Weaver (Ph.D) is one of Australasia's leading nutrition specialists and weight loss experts based in Auckland, New Zealand. For more information visit www.drlibby.com.

Parsley pesto

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