What’s the deal with Kale?

 

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In the news recently was a headline saying that we may not have Kale on our grocery shelves much longer.  A major supplier has simply run out of seeds!  Those lucky enough to have a garden won’t have much to worry about.  So why are we all of a sudden Kale crazy?  

In the west there is a push to eat more green leafy vegetables.  Spinach is awesome but once in a while you just need a change.  In steps Kale.  Not only is it incredibly healthy but it is also delicious.  You can use it in raw food sushi, make incredible salads, cook it as a green and add it to green smoothies to note some of the uses of kale.

Health Benefits of Kale

Kale is full of vitamins and antioxidants.  

  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which tones blood vessels, boosts immune system function and lowers cholesterol
  • Vitamin A is extremely beneficial for the eyes.  In fact adding a vitamin A supplement daily can help reduce “dry eye”
  • Vitamin K is excellent for blood clotting, bone health and body function but is most important for reducing the risk of cancer.  (if you are on Warfarin or other anti-coagulants consult your doctor before adding kale to your diet)

Kale is high in iron, is anti-inflammatory and is an excellent detoxifier for your liver.  Fibre rich kale is also beneficial in regulating glucose levels in diabetes.

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Nutritious and Delicious

One of the best things about Kale is it’s crunch!  Here is a fantastic detoxifying salad.

1 bunch Kale cleaned and torn

1 stalk celery

1-2 Tablespoons toasted Pine Nuts

10-20 stalks cilantro leaves only (optional for those who hate cilantro)

1 carrot julienned

2/3 cup shredded cabbage (optional)

2 Tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil  (MCT coconut oil blend or liquid coconut oil is a great substitute for a different flavour)

Dice the celery and Julienne the carrot.  Toast the pine nuts just until they are golden.  Cool the pine nuts and toss together in a bowl with all the other ingredients.  Add whatever spice you desire as seasoning and enjoy!  This salad is simple to make and will give you a boost in calcium, vitamin a, vitamin c, vitamin k, potassium, vitamin b6, omega3 oils and fibre.

For an awesome Sushi

Kale leaves cleaned and centre stalk removed

Julienned carrots

Bean Sprouts

Julienned Beets

Julienned cucumber

Wasabi

Mix the wasabi or buy it in premixed form.  Lay out a kale leaf and spread a small amount of wasabi on the leaf.  The amount of wasabi is left up to the individual but remember it is horseradish so it is hot.  Lay 2-4 juliennes of each vegetable a little to one side of the kale leaf.  Add bean sprouts.  Roll into rolls and eat.  

I have tried leaving the beets out but I find they add moisture to the sushi.  Be inventive, try out different vegetables in either recipe.  Most of all realize that plants and herbs are a living medicine chest and sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is eat healthy.

This blog is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.

 

References:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270435.php

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html