A Couple Of Kale Recipes That Won’t Disappoint
Kale always seems to be in the news. It’s a Superfood! A healthy green! Has tons of vitamins and nutrients. One cup of Kale has 10,000 i.u. of vitamin A! Compare that to 103 bananas. And it has as much vitmain K as 384 carrots. Not impressed? How about Kale as a source of Calcium? That’s right, just 1 cup of Kale contains 9% of the daily value of calcium. And that’s just for starters. Here is Kale’s nutrition data.
But the best qualities of kale come from the fact that it’s a leafy green. As a leafy green, Kale contains dietary fiber as well as magnesium and manganese. And that is important to anyone who is trying to lose weight or maintain it or to anyone who suffers from some type of inflammation. If you are watching your weight or if you have inflammation issues know this: Fat cells store toxins! And toxins cause inflammation.
What is important to note is that if you want to reduce the size of your fat cells, i.e. you want to lose weight, you need to detoxify at the same time and get rid of the toxins in your system. If you don’t and you just reduce caloric intake and increase energy consumption you will not affect the fat percentage because you will not have “eliminated the intra and extra-cellular toxins.” According to Anna Manayan, J.D., Dipl.Ac., L.Ac., NBIMA of the Immune Matrix, this is why people plateau and “cannot shrink the fat deposits on their body.”
As a certified nutrition coach I am a firm believer in incorporating a detoxifying program with a weight loss program. As a result it is quite common for clients to not only see results in weight loss but also in the reduction of inflammation.
So how does Kale fit in with all this? Kale, as a leafy green is nutrient-dense, highly anti-inflammatory, high in fiber and a healthy choice for weight loss and wellness.
So how do we get past that bitter taste some people may have a problem with?
Getting Past That Bitter Kale Taste
1. Buy Fresh Kale – Whenever possible I buy my Kale fresh from local farmers rather than the kale in grocery stores. The difference is amazing! And I find the kale not at all bitter when I buy it fresh locally. Another important cooking tip is to cut off the spine of the kale leaf. That is where the bitterness is. Make sure you cut that off before you add the kale to whatever recipe you are using.
And Kale is very much available in the fall even after a frost. For anyone in the Ocean Pines Md area there is a great Garden Market on Cathell Rd. They hope to be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays this fall while supplies of fall greens last and they are eager to cut them fresh for you when you stop by.
Here is their website: Harvest Grove Garden Market
2. Put That Kale In A Blender – Start by adding Kale to smoothies! Cut off the spine and chop it up and put a little in a high protein smoothie. Start with a little and before you know it you’ll be adding a good bunch. And you won’t taste a thing!!! Great way to get kids to eat it too. Or fussy husbands. =) Any of your favorite smoothie recipes will work. If you don’t have any try adding Kale to the Purple Power Smoothie Recipe posted elsewhere on this blog. Use it as a base or tweak it to suit your needs.
3. Add It To Soup or Stir Fry – Add Kale to a stir fry or to soup. Chop it up small and barely heat it up until it wilts. The goal is to keep as many nutrients intact and not lose them to cooking. Don’t have a good Kale Soup recipe? Here is one which is full of nutrients and antioxidants and is very hearty. It is from my local farmer from The Harvest Grove Garden Market
And lastly if you’ve tried the above and want to try a healthy salty Kale snack try some
You might just get hooked on Kale!
What have you got to lose?