I have a superfood quiz for you today, and I am going to give you a few clues to see if you can figure it out…
It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is related to broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage. It comes in many different types, and when added to your menu can dramatically increase the nutrient content of your diet.
Figure it out yet? My superfood secret is kale! Now wait, I know many people out there say “yeah, kale is something a health coach would recommend, but…” Well, just give me a chance to put this superfood on stage and show it off in all its glory.
Kale is loaded with ANTIOXIDANTS. Antioxidants help prevent oxidative damage, which is believed to be one of the leading causes of aging and disease.
Kale contains FLAVONOIDS. Flavonoids may lower blood pressure, act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-depressant, and fight cancer.
Kale is full of VITAMINS. One cup of raw kale (2.4 oz) has an impressive list of benefits.
Vitamin A: 206% of RDA in the form of beta-carotene
Vitamin K: 684% of RDA
Vitamin C : 134% of RDA which is more than in one orange
Vitamin B6: 9% of RDA
Kale contains MINERALS including calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Kale also has additional NUTRIENTS like zeaxanthin and lutein which help protect the eyes against macular degeneration.
Kale contains FIBER (2 grams) an OMEGA 3 FATTY ACID and PROTEIN (3 grams) in only 33 calories per cup.
So how do you enjoy this superfood? I personally like the baby kale which I have been able to find in my produce section, however, if you have mature kale, just massage it for a while. You read that right; kale likes a good rub down. Put a small amount of olive oil, lemon juice, and a sprinkle of kosher salt over the kale in a bowl and give it a massage for about 2 or 3 minutes until it starts to wilt. Now it is perfect for salads! I also like to add a handful of raw kale to my smoothies or some pasta dishes. And for a treat, kale chips are easy to make by cutting the kale into “chip” size pieces, sprinkle them with avocado oil and salt, and bake until dry.
Are you eating kale? Just a handful a day will give your body the tools it needs for healing, maintaining health and building strength.