Kale: The Superfood You Should Be Eating

Kale: The Superfood You Should Be Eating

Kale: The Superfood You Should Be Eating

Today is National Kale day so we decided to take the day to look more at what makes kale so great! There is a lot of buzz around the trendy vegetable, and we want you to know why people feel the need to eat it so much. There are proven benefits to this nutrient dense superfood and you should be loading up on it, especially today!

Why does everyone talk about kale so much?

  1. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Just one cup of it raw can give you 206% of your recommended daily vitamin A intake and 684% of your vitamin K intake. There’s that many nutrients in one cup any only yielding 33 calories? Eat up!
  2. It is a cancer fighting vegetable! It includes sluforaphane which is a substance which has been proven to fight cancer on a molecular level.
  3. The high amount of antioxidants in kale have been studied intensely in test tubes and animal studies. They have powerful cardioprotective, blood pressure lowering, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-depressant and anti-cancer effects!
  4. It has a high amount of vitamin C which is an amazing immune booster.
  5. It contains substances that bind bile acids and lower cholesterol levels in the body. Steamed kale is particularly effective.

Great facts, but what do we do with it for a recipe? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is a simple and easy lunch recipe that we love

Kale Salad

(serves 2)
Ingredients
  • 1 whole package of kale (de spine, and finely chopped)
  • 1 carrot (sliced)
  • 1 celery stock (chopped)
  • 1 cucumber (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of Snow peas (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of cabbage (chopped)

Dressing

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • shake of red pepper flakes
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper

Simply add the salad ingredients to a large bowl. In a separate  bowl add the dressing ingredient mix and then pour of the vegetables. Serve & Enjoy!

The take away message is to eat more of this leafy green vegetable! You can make it taste great, even sauteed on the side of a dinner plate or combined with brown rice.

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