Top 5 Reasons to Eat Kale and a Delicious Way to Enjoy

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Here are my top 5 reasons to eat kale;

  • Kale is incredibly detoxifying - Kale contains indole-3-carbinols, sulforaphane, among many other super powdered plant nutrients that keep your liver and hormones happy.

 

  • Kale is low in calories and packed with nutrition - Kale contains more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any food on the planet.

 

  • Anti-inflammatory- one of the reasons kale helps combat inflammation is the omega 3’s it contains. In only 100 calories of can your get 350mg of omega 3’s. Vitamin K is also a key nutrient in reducing inflammation and kale happens to be a star in this nutrient.

 

  • Kale is an excellent source of fibre and magnesium - both help keep bowels happy and healthy. Fiber gently sweeps the colon keeps it clean and helps food pass along at an ideal speed and magnesium helps draw water into the bowel keeping it hydrated. Trust me you don't not want a dehydrated bowel, think pebble poop that is hard to pass. No thank you!

 

  • Antioxidant Rich - In addition to familiar antioxidants like vitamin C and beta carotene, kale provides us with at least 45 others (probably much more as we continue to learn more and more about foods). Antioxidants are important for so many things including keeping our heart healthy, immune systems happy and each one of our trillions of cells thriving.

 

  • Ok, so now that we understand why our bodies and each one of our trillions of cells love kale, let make it taste amazing so we love to eat it. I think this recipe does just that. It is my current fave way to enjoy this leafy green. And best part is the salad can store in the fridge and stays good for at least a day. I love that. I make it for dinner and have a salad ready to go the next day for lunch.

 

Here is the recipe!

Creamy Dinosaur Kale Salad 

Ingredients 

  • 1 bunch of Dinosaur Kale, washed, dried and chopped finely (also known as Lacinato or tuscan kale)*
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • a pinch of sea salt

Place all ingredients into a large bowel and massage lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt into kale. Set aside and make dressing**

Dressing 

  • 1 cup of cashews (preferably soaked for at least 4 hours and then drained, but not essential)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1.5 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (or more to taste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove

Add all ingredients into a high powdered blender of food processor and mix until smooth and creamy.

Putting It All Together 

  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1/4 cup dried current
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

Add the dressing and the rest of the ingredients. Mix and Enjoy!!

Please not all extra salad ingredients are optional. Add whatever you like!

*Can also substitute for your favorite variety of kale

**Sprinkling with lemon juice before letting them sit can further enhance its beneficial phytonutrient concentration and makes it easier to digest because the lemon breaks down the hard fibers.

 

Now go ahead and buy kale! Let me know in the comments below how you feel about kale. Have tried it? If not, what stops you from buying it? If you have, what is your favourite way to enjoy?

 

Source - http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38

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