Being Bruce -: We're Glad We Added Kale to Our Diet

Monday, June 1, 2015

We're Glad We Added Kale to Our Diet

It's a kinda funny looking green vegetable that just happens to be at the top of the seriously-good-for-you-food list.

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If you haven't yet added kale to your diet, you might want to add it to your grocery list. It should top your list of healthy ingredients. Here's why:

1. Kale is low in calories, high in fiber, and has zero fat.

2. It supports your body's detoxification process.

3. It supports your cardiovascular system and helps to lower cholesterol, especially if steamed.

4. It contains powerful antioxidants that protect your cells from free radicals that cause cell oxidation.

5. It has anti-inflammatory properties that work with its antioxidants to help prevent and combat some types of cancer.

6. It's rich in Vitamins C, A, K, and iron, which provide a myriad of benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure, protecting against eye diseases, helping to maintain healthy bones and teeth, and supporting your body's nervous system.

One of our favorite kale recipes is Kale Chips. They are so easy to make and work with just about any meal.

Rinse fresh kale. Rip the leaves only into chip-size pieces. Discard the stems. Toss with just a little extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Spread in baking pan and bake in preheated 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes. They always disappear fast! I hope you enjoy them!

Kale Chips

Be alert for a new hybrid vegetable on your grocers' shelves. Kalettes are a cross between kale and brussels sprouts. They were developed in the U.K., where they are called Flower Sprouts. They merge the sweet and nutty tastes of kale and brussels sprouts and can be eaten raw, steamed, grilled, roasted or sautĂȘed.

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You can learn more about the benefits of kale here.

I'm going to be sure my family gets a heavy dose of kale each week, and I hope you do too!