Did you know that Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet? One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K -- and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.
Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.
With that said, my favorite thing to eat currently is a Kale & avocado salad. I take fresh organic red kale, cube some organic avocado and toss in a citrus vinaigrette. I can't even begin to tell you how tasty this is! :)
Citrus vinaigrette (4 servings)
4 Tbls Fresh Orange Juice
1/2 tsp honey
2 Tsp Dijon (or yellow) mustard
3 Tbls olive oil