Kudos to Kale

18 Feb

One of my favorite green foods is kale. It is super healthy and nutritious with many health benefits. I like to eat it raw, lightly steamed or cooked. I started to eat a lot of kale while I was pregnant as I don’t drink milk and needed to load up on calcium.  After doing some research I discovered that kale is actually higher in calcium than milk when compared per calorie – I hit the jackpot! At first it was hard to eat everyday but, the more I started to experiment with recipes and changing things up, the easier it became to eat!

My lazy way of ensuring that I get all of the wonderful nutrients and antioxidants from kale is to make smoothies. It’s quick, easy and super nutritious! Even my daughter loves them! Another way I eat kale is in salads. There are so many variations you can make – it’s endless! I will usually massage my kale with lemon and pink Himalayan sea salt to soften it up which makes it easier to eat!

Top benefits of kale:

Vitamins Galore!
Kale is full of vitamins which include vitamin A, C and K. Vitamin A is very good for your skin and vision. Vitamin C is also great for the skin and may assist in anti-aging. It is essential for your immune system and fighting off viruses. Kale is also full of vitamin K which is a powerful aid in bone health. Kale also contains calcium (more per calorie than milk) which together with vitamin K, help to maintain healthy bones. Once again, per calorie, kale has more iron than beef and is often referred to as the “new beef”.

Anti-Inflammatory Food
Kale contains omega-3 fatty acids which help fight arthritis, asthma, and other autoimmune disorders. By eating kale you will help prevent and also treat these disorders which are caused by inflammation.

Antioxidants
Kale is a very rich source of immune-boosting antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavanoids. These are great for cancer prevention and overall health.

Detoxification
The fiber and sulfur in kale aid in detoxification and liver health.

So kudos to kale and make sure you load up!

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4 Responses to “Kudos to Kale”

  1. Bonnie Chao February 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM #

    Wow, I actually did not know that kale had so many benefits! I am lactose-intolerant, so I’m glad you wrote about the high levels of calcium in kale. I will definitely include kale in my diet 🙂

  2. Nahren Shamoka February 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM #

    Fabulous post! I am looking forward to eating more kale! Really love kale chips too :)!

    • Cashews and Cashmere March 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM #

      I love kale chips too… they are expensive but, you can make them yourself.. just salt kale and put in your over! Quick and cheap!

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