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What’s not to Love about Kale…

In the mornings I love to take my cup of tea or coffee kale cabbage saladkaleand me out to the garden and peruse. What’s amazing is that despite the super cold winter, there a few kale plants that have popped up from hardy seeds that I threw in last year. And if you know me you also know that I love my kale, so I am extremely delighted.

What’s not to love about kale?

1. kale is a superfood, need I say more? Yes I will- It’s a member of the Brassica family of vegetables, which include cabbage and brussels sprouts which have gained quite the reputation as potential cancer-fighting foods. Kale is packed with the organosulfur compounds that may lessen the occurrence of some cancers. Studies also suggest that the phytonutrients in kale and other Brassicas may actually help the liver neutralize potentially cancerous substances.

2. Kale is full of beta-carotene, an important nutrient for good vision also the prevention of cataracts.

3. Kale is also an excellent source of vitamin C, just one cup will give you 88% of your RDA od vitamin C which is great fro your immune system and helpful for protection against viruses like the common cold as well as the flu.

4.,Kale is rich in minerals, such as iron, manganese, calcium and potassium. Potassium is excellent to help reduce blood pressure. Calcium is needed for optimal bone integrity.

5. A cup of kale provides 10.4% of the daily value for fiber, which has been shown to reduce high cholesterol levels. Fiber can also help out by keeping blood sugar levels under control, so kale is an excellent vegetable for people with diabetes.

 
I may have shared this salad with you last year but that was oh so long ago and this is tradition so here is one of my favorite raw super healthy recipes….
 
Raw Kale Avocado Salad
 
1 bunch kale, take leaves off the stem and place in bowl and chop (about 8 to 10 cups)
1 avocado, diced
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 6 to 8 hours
Dressing:
3 to 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sea salt and/or kelp
freshly ground black pepper
 
optional: mushrooms, red onion, shallots, grated carrots, beets, tomatoes, chopped parsley, dill, arugula would all be delicious. …you get the message, add what you love. Sometimes I even add my broken up flackers (http://www.drinthekitchen.com/) for more flavor, crunch and extra good omega-3 oils.
 
Chop the kale into small pieces and add it to a large bowl. In a smaller, separate bowl whisk together the dressing. Add the dressing to the salad and gently massage it into the kale with your hands. This will soften it almost immediately. Then add the diced avocado and whatever other vegetables you like. Drain and rinse the sunflower seeds and add them to the salad as well. Gently toss together and yum!
 
KALE CHIPS

1 clove garlic

  • 1 C Cashews, soaked at least 8 hours, rinsed and drained or you can use cahew butter as well
  • 1/4 C Nutritional Yeast*
  • 1/3 C water
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Chipotle (spice)
  • Pinch Sea Salt

With processor running, drop in garlic and mince. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth. Pour over kale chips in a bowl and massage until kale is coated. Bake on high in oven until crisp or dehydrate on screens at 115 for 4-6 hours or until crisp. *Nutritional yeast is not raw but used frequently in raw food recipes.

 

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Mooooove over meat!

So as usual protein is in the news again! We do love our protein in this country and I find that most of my clients fall into one of two categories, protein neurotic (yes, that includes me too) and/or carbohydrate phobic (and yes, that also includes me).

We do in fact need protein to live, to build tissue, muscle, hair, nails. And yes protein does help with concentration and yes, it does help to keep us full. My only beef about this protein craze is that I feel so sorry for all of the animals who need to be sacrificed so that we can feel satiated! It is just not necessary. In fact, there are many fabulous alternatives where you can get all of your protein needs met and no animal cruelty at all!!!

here are some ideas:

Spinach: 1 cup 5 grams of protein

Broccoli; 1 cup 5 grams of protein

Quinoa:  11g Protein / Cup

Lentils:  18g  Protein / Cup

Black, Kidney, Mung,& Pinto Beans:  15g Protein / Cup

Almonds: ¼ cup – 8 grams protein

Sunflower seeds, ¼ cup – 6 grams of protein

Tempeh:  24g Protein / 4 Ounces

Spirulina:  6g Protein / 10 grams

Hemp Seeds/Flax seeds: 10-16g Protein / 3 tbsp

So mooooove over meat and say hello to live sources, healthy plant-based sources of protein that are cruelty free, environmentally friendly and yummy. And to top it all off these other sources of plant-based protein also contain many other vitamins and minerals essential for healthy living as well. So you get your protein fix and way more! Just as the doctor ordered….

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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