Kickin’ It With Kale

kale-in-bowlAhhh, Kale.  That lovely green, cruciferous vegetable that has a flavor likened to Spinach and Cabbage mixed together.  It’s beautiful dark green leaves are full of healthy antioxidants and nutrient dense vitamins.  Kale is so versatile that it can be juiced, steamed, sautéed, added to soups, made into crackers and chips, and can even be fed to the family barker for an added boost of nutrition.

 

If you want to lower your cholesterol, you need kale.  Kale has been studied to significantly improve lipid levels.  You want to raise your antioxidant levels to fight cancer-related disorders ? Then reach for kale. It contains many cancer fighting antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein, and beneficial flavonoids.  Trying to maintain your good eye sight while warding off glaucoma? Then get some kale. It’s rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which has been studied to maintain and improve eye health.   Worried about your diabetic glycemic intake?  No worries with kale since it’s low on the glycemic index.

 

Kale can be used in a wide variety of ways.  tuscan-kaleFresh steamed kale seasoned with lemon juice, sea salt, and red pepper flakes is one of my favorite delights.  Add some navy beans or bacon bits and you got yourself a great meal!   Let’s not forget the kale and bean soup recipe here.

 

 

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Get creative and use kale pulp from juicing to make kale crackers.  Try the classic and super easy to make kale chips to snack on during movie night in lieu of popcorn.  And if you don’t like the taste of kale, just simply juice it and mask the taste with an apple or a carrot.  Trust me, you won’t even taste the kale but you will reap the benefits from it.

Oh and don’t forget our family barker.  The rule with feeding your furry friends non-commercialized foods is moderation and rotation. Check  out this easy kale chip recipe here for your four-legged friend.

Kale is King among the vegetables and can add a wide variety of benefits to any eating plan.  Whether you are looking to increase your antioxidant intake or just wanting to maintain your already healthy physique, grab some kale.  You won’t be disappointed.

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