The Kale Craze

Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables known to man. Its health benefits have slowly surfaced over the years, giving it its well deserved title as the “queen of greens.” It is an exceptional source of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber making it a nutritional powerhouse and an essential addition to anyone’s daily diet.

Kale, also known as borecole, belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as collards, cabbage, and broccoli. It is packed with numerous vitamins and minerals including:

  1. Vitamin A- for healthy skin and vision
  2. Vitamin C- to build a strong immune system
  3. Vitamin K- to help prevent cancer and improve blood clotting functions
  4. Calicum- to prevent osteoarthrits and maintain bone health
  5. Magnesium- for energy production and a healthy cardiovascular system
  6. Sulfur- to detoxify the body by supporting healthy liver function
  7. Iron- for energy production and proper oxygenation throughout the body

Kale is also packed with fiber, providing 5 grams of fiber in just one cup. Fiber is very beneficial because it helps lower cholesterol, improve digestion and increase regularity. Kale is also a wonderful source of antioxidants, known as carotenoids and flavonoids, that help protect your cells from damage and lower your chances of developing cancer. Last but not least, kale has a high percentage of omega-3, which is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent that  promotes heart health, mental stability, proper vision, joint function, and healthy hair, skin and nails.

One of my favorite ways to prepare kale is by slicing it into bite size pieces, drizzling a little bit of olive oil on top with a pinch of salt, and baking them for 10-15 minutes. You will come out with healthy and nutritious kale chips that will far surpass the calorie filled, ordinary potato chips out on the market today. I also like to chop kale up into fine pieces with other vegetables such as carrots, zucchini, celery and cucumber to make a delicious and filling salad. Now, go be creative and find out how to incorporate kale into your daily diet. Thanks for reading. This has been your dose of Vitamin Jas.