Lately it seems that Kale is the hottest superfood of the year. Why shouldn’t it be? It’s got a ridiculous amount of nutritional benefits and also tastes amazing. Kale is great alone, or a good pair in salads, smoothies and even baked and seasoned as their very own healthy chips! (see recipe below).
Here are the top 10 health benefits kale has to offer as suggested by mindbodygreen.com:
1. Kale is low in calories, has zero fat, and is high in fibre. Because it’s high in fibre it makes a great aid for digestion and elimination! It’s also loaded with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and folate.
2. Kale is high in iron.
Kale has even more iron per calorie than beef! We all know how important iron is – its responsible for transporting our oxygen throughout our entire body by forming hemoglobin and enzymes.
3. Kale has high Vitamin-K.
Vitamin-K is best known for preventing blood clotting. Research has also shown that a diet rich in vitamin-K can help protect against certain cancers.
4. Kale has tons of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are the fighters that help protect against cancer. They help protect molecules in our bodies from becoming oxidized which can eventually lead to the formation of cancer cells.
5. Kale makes a great anti-inflammatory food.
High in omega-3 fatty acids, this is essential to help protect and fight arthritis, asthma, and other autoimmune disorders.
6. Kale supports our cardiovascular system.
Research has shown that kale can actually help lower cholesterol levels which in turn can help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
7. Kale is rich in Vitamin-A.
Vitamin A is known as the main vitamin that helps our vision. Vitamin A is also good for skin and preventing lung and oral-cavity cancers.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin-C.
Vitamin C is critical for our immune system and metabolism!
9. Kale is high in Calcium.
Calcium, especially in those over 50 years old, is extremely important to help reduce bone loss! Once we pass 50, the level of calcium we create is reduced and without supplementation or a calcium-rich diet, many people become deficient in calcium which leads to all the joint (osteoporosis) and bone problems we see in the senior population.
10. Kale is a great detox food.
Filled with both fibre and sulfur, kale makes a great food that helps to detox your body and keep the liver healthy!
Here’s an easy recipe (from allrecipes.com) to make some of those crunchy yummy kale chips:
What you’ll need: 1 bunch kale, 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil.
What you do:
(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
(2) Remove kale leaves from the stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry the kale. Drizzle olive oil onto the kale and season with the salt. Season as desired.
(3) Bake until the edges are brown, but not burnt! Usually around 10-15 minutes.
Time to enjoy!