Great Reasons to Eat Kale

 

 

The garnish that is placed on your plate is a superstar of all vegetables that should not be overlooked. Don't let the prickly cabbage like leafy powerhouse fool you. Kale is number one in fighting cell damaging free radicals. This little antioxidant helps fight cancer. It has been found to help protect against breast, cervical, and colon cancer. It also is a detoxifier because of its high sulfur content. This triggers the liver to remove free radicals and other chemicals that may cause cell damage. Kale is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It has 10 times as much lutein to help protect against macular degeneration. It also protects your eyes from cataracts  Two Cups gives you 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. It is loaded with calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C and K. Kale is for recovery from heart disease and stroke and will help your vision. Kale should be apart of a healthy diet.

 

There are three varieties of kale.

Curly kale - most commonly found in the grocery store.  It has a bitter taste.  Curly kale in the winter months is sweeter and tender.

Lacinato kale  -  black cabbage, is slightly sweeter than curly kale

Ornamental kale  -  it has a mellower  flavor than curly kale

If you don't like the bitter taste of kale try baby kale instead.  The young vegetable is more tender and less bitter since they have not fully developed yet.  Some nutritional value is lost because they it has not reached its full maturity.

Ways to get kale into your diet

Juicing

Smoothies

Salad

Topping for pizza

Steamed

Chop kale add apple and sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, drizzle with olive oil add chopped walnuts and feta cheese