Meet the Ingredient: Kale
One of the most nutrient dense leafy greens on the planet - Kale contains fiber, antioxidants, fiber + vitamins C and K, iron, and a wide range of other nutrients that can help prevent several health problems and build up the bodies natural defenses.
Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables help remove unwanted toxins from the body. These toxins, known as free radicals, are unstable molecules. If too many toxins build up in the body, they can lead to cell damage. Toxin build up and cellular damage can result in health problems such as inflammation and other chronic diseases. Many scientists + experts believe that free radicals can play a role in the development of cancer.
The antioxidants found in kale, such as vitamin C, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) can prevent complications from diabetes. The high source of potassium (1 cup of cooked kale contains 3.6% of your DRA) and fiber found in kale also helps to prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure levels and "LDL" bad cholesterol.
benefits of kale::
-Chlorophyll, antioxidants + fiber content helps to reduce risk of cancer
-Promotes bone health
-Helps aid in digestion, by preventing constipation + a healthy digestive tract
-Promotes healthy skin + hair (1 cup of cooked kale = 20% of the DRA of Vitamin A)
-Strengthen eye health / vision
My favorite type of Kale is lacinato kale also known as "dino kale." For me, it is best enjoyed steamed lightly in water + olive oil. The heat turns the kale into a darker, richer green which activates the healing components.
You can also enjoy it as the leafy green base in a salad, of course it is a tough leafy green so you always want to massage your kale thoroughly.
That's right! Massage your kale the way you would massage a loved one ;-) this helps to loosen the kale up for raw absorption.