Why has the demand for kale
grown so dramatically? Kale's burgeoning popularity stems from not only its sweet flavor but also the number of nutrients you get per calorie. People have often referred to kale as a "do-no-wrong-green," and it most definitely lives up to that reputation. Kale is considered a "superfood"
because it's packed full of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins. In fact, just one little cup of cooked kale contains:
2.5 grams of protein
354 percent of your RDA for vitamin A (beta-carotene)
89 percent of your RDA for vitamin C
1,328 percent of your RDA for vitamin K
27 percent of your RDA for manganese
The high beta-carotene content present in this versatile and nutrient-dense superfood
helps protect our bodies from cancer and heart disease. The vitamin K helps keep our blood healthy and may even contribute to good bone health. Manganese also significantly contributes to bone health.
Knowing that, don't you want to eat some? Here are two recipes to get you started:
Kale Up Your Salad
1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 dash Himalayan sea salt
1 green apple (chopped)
Handful dried cherries
1. Rinse the kale. Pat dry or use salad spinner to dry
2. Remove leaves by wrapping your hand around the base of the stalk and pulling upward. Toss the stalk. Rip the leaves up into pieces, and place in a large bowl.
3. Add lemon juice, avocado, olive oil, and a bit of sea salt. The lemon breaks down the cellular structure of the kale and transforms the flavor profile of the kale. The lemon will also acts as a preservative and allow the salad to stay fresh for up to three days.
4. Now here's the messy part: Stick your hands in and massage the kale! At first you will hear lots of crunching noises. Then it will begin to soften up, shrink down, sweeten up and turn bright green. The avocado will coat the greens, making a delicious creamy dressing.
5. Mix in the chopped green apples, dried cherries and almonds and enjoy!
1 cup grapes
3/4 cup pineapple
2 cups kale
1 cored green apple
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup coconut water
2 handfuls of ice
1. Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy a sweet smoothie with a major (hidden!) nutrient boost.
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