Nutritional fact- Pulses have about twice the protein content of cereal grains.
Place split peas into the base of a slow cooker. Top with ham hock and add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, water and bay leaf.
Set slow cooker to high and cook for 4.5 hours. Remove hock from the dish and remove the meat from the bone. Shred and return to the pot.
Serve soup in bowls sprinkled with some parsley and season to taste.