Kale: The Superfood
You may have heard of kale as being called a “superfood,” and that is absolutely correct! Kale, a leafy green belonging to the family of cruciferous veggies, is one of the healthiest vegetables around as it is loaded with a ton of natural antioxidants and phytonutrients, Vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. (Please note, anyone taking anticoagulant medications should avoid kale or other Vitamin K-rich foods and should consult with their doctor if they would like to include these foods in their diet.)
Low Carb & High Fiber
Additionally, kale is rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. Kale also has an extremely low carb content and has ample fiber, (about 5% of your daily recommended intake) making it great at preventing blood glucose spikes when paired with high-carb foods. The fiber in kale may also help to lower cholesterol levels especially when the kale is cooked instead of raw.
How can you add more kale to your diet??
– Choose kale that looks firm with rich, deep colored leaves and rigid stems.
– Baby kale tends to be more tender and milder, so it may be a better choice for a variety of mixed salads, including caesar, fruit, and grains like quinoa or farro .
– Include kale in soups, pastas, egg dishes, and casseroles.
– Make the very popular kale chips by adding a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to kale and baking it.