Kale is Here to Save the Day!

Green leafy vegetables are not the most exciting foods around. It’s no wonder most of us still don’t eat our vegetables, like we were told as children. Let’s face it, they’re green plants without much flavor. Yes, that’s true. But there are so many creative options to boost the flavor meter on vegetables!

Let’s review the most power packing of the green vegetables, kale. It can be tough to chew and quite bitter to taste, but take a look at what this veggie is packing!

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  1. Anti-Inflammatory Benefits include a tremendous level of vitamin k, which aids in lowering the risk of  inflammation and other health related issues.
  2. Cancer Preventative Benefits are present because of the four different types of glucosinolates found in kale. The preventative properties in kale may reduce the occurrence of such cancers like: prostate, breast, ovarian and colon; when eaten on a regular basis.
  3. Antioxidants are highly concentrated in kale because of flavonoids and carotenoids. If you’re fairly familiar with the benefits of antioxidants, then you know it’s not a bad thing!

The recipe options are endless for kale. This blog features a kale chip recipe. One of my favorite recipes, aka green smoothie, consists of kale. I blogged not too long ago about the green smoothie. Also, I’ve tried sautéed kale with olive oil, a little bit of red pepper, mushrooms, and a pinch of salt and pepper. See picture below.

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If you’re interested in learning more in-depth detail about kale’s nutrients, check out the site below:

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

Remember to wash kale as best as you can due to pesticides before cooking any of the following recipes:

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/in-season/kale-recipes-00412000074204/

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