Holy Kale


December 6, 2012

Care of Amy Symington

Kale, or borecole, is a cousin of the wild cabbage family, a buddy to your taste buds and mother approved as part of a well balanced diet. To put it plainly, unless you have been avoiding all forms of nutrition news over the past decade, you know that Kale is the new “apple a day” and with so many good reasons why.
For starters, it is crammed with calcium. Yes calcium. On a gram to gram basis, kale’s calcium content is more bioavailable than cow’s milk (Heaney, R.P., 1990; Kamchan, A. et al., 2004). Other health superstars contained in kale include thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. We’re not done yet. Kale is also a VERY good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, manganese and lutein. Lutein, which is found in dark leafy greens, is believed by scientists today to assist in the reduction of age-related blindness (Geissler, C., 2010).
And holy fibre! This is what people like to refer to as a natural Gastro Intestinal scrubber. Shall we go on? Ok. It’s also a fantastic way to add some additional protein to your diet as well as simultaneously top up on antioxidants! How can you argue with any of that?
Now, what to do with your new found best friend? The good news is that you can literally eat it anytime of the day. “Breakfast is on” with green smoothies, savoury kale pancakes and tofu with kale scrambles; to “lunch is served” with lemony kale and lentil salad, cream of kale soup and sautéed garlic kale with your favourite veggie sandwich; to “ring the dinner bell” for kale stuffed ravioli or kale and sweet potato chili; to “snack time” with some homemade spicy kale chips! Enough said.
Kale-abunga Dudes and Dudettes.

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