Superfood Kale

If you were to only add one new food to your diet…I would suggest you add KALE.

Kale is known as a superfood because it is so nutrient dense and has so many health benefits.  Kale is a member of the cabbage family and is related to the cruciferous veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.  It comes in a variety of colors and shapes.   It is rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C which makes it an excellent source of antioxidants.  Antioxidants help protect our cells from oxidative stress which is the number one cause of aging.  Kale also contains quercetin which has been shown to lower blood pressure, acts as an anti-inflammatory, helps with allergies, and has anti-viral and anti-depressant properties.

It is low in calories, rich in fiber, and a great source for vegetable protein.  It is a great food to add a ton of nutrients without packing in a ton of calories.

Kale can also help lower blood cholesterol because it contains bile acid binders which binds to cholesterol and prevents it from getting re-absorbed into the blood.  Studies have shown that kale increases good HDL cholesterol and lowers bad LDL cholesterol.  Steaming your kale enhances these properties.

Vitamin K is very important for blood clotting.  A serving of kale contains almost 700% daily recommended values.

Kale is also thought to help protective factors against cancer.  There are substances that help fight cancer at the molecular level.

A lot of people tend to be low in certain minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium and kale is a great source.  It is better than spinach because spinach contains oxalates which can prevent minerals from being absorbed.

If you are trying to lose a little weight, eat kale every day.  It has a lot of fiber which helps keep you full, low in calories, and high water content.  You can’t eat too much of this superfood.

There are many ways you can enjoy kale.  Steamed, sauteed in olive or coconut oil, added to your smoothies, or made into kale chips (just drizzle kale with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake in the oven until crispy.)