How did you spend the holidays? Beach in Thailand or Philippines?
Well, you will be happy to know that I stayed here, during the WHOLE Chinese New Year, looking for new ingredients and developing new amazing recipes for you!
After all this work, my new dehydrator is still working (thanks God!), and my last one is all about greens. Which one? KALE of Course! When I saw it in the farm I visited few weeks ago, I couldn’t believe to my eyes: “is this real kale, o am I just imagining it?” I kept on repeating to myself. Well, it was real and –even more important- 100% ORGANIC. Yes, you hear me: ORGANIC KALE. IN BEIJING.
Even if Kale is also being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse” especially in US, there might be some if you is not very close to this magic plant. Check here just 10 of the many benefits you can get from it, and see what I did with it after I grasped a big chunk of the queen!
1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below. For the 2013 Challenge participants: YES, you can have it, with no limits!!
2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
3. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers. And keep you young ladies!
4. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
5. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
6. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
7. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
How do use it??
There are so many different ways to eat it. But let’s start from the easiest ones:
- Have it in your salad, raw. That’s the best way, but after a while it can be a little chewy only with that olive oil and lemon on it.
- MAKE your own KALE CHIPS!!
I improved my way of snaking and since I started to share my food with partner and friends, I found out I need to but the double amount I used to get before. But it is ok, I’m happy to know I’m making them a bit healthier ;)
Next step: how to make my Kale Chips?
Few easy steps and ingredients here for you. Check out here the recipe.