Ok so this week i decided I would give the world of kale & smoothies a whirl!
Well this unique green that some have said some marketing genius said it was a smart food & everyone ran to their grocery store & started incorporate it in their daily diet….well I guess I fell for that geniuses trap!!
I first tasted kale & thought hmm it’s kind of got a bitterness to it…I’m sure it’s something a little fruit will mask & I will be smart in no time! Lol
So day 1 I did strawberry, banana & lactose free milk (did I mention I’m lactose intolerant?).
Day 2 banana & mango (frozen)
Day 3 strawberry & banana
Day 4 pineapple (frozen) & mango (frozen)…most filling
Day 5 banana & orange (fresh)
Well the kids have turned into kale & fruit lovers…hoping to create the next Einstein or two;) shockingly as they are strawberry fanatics they said day 4 was there favorite?!
I definitely think this is going to be a daily routine for our family as we all enjoy & it provides so many great nutrients! Keep you posted…
If you haven’t tried the craze I recommend it.
A little bit about Kale for your reading pleasure.
Credit to http://www.mindbodygreen.com for providing this insight.
Comments BY ALISON LEWIS
APRIL 2, 2012 3:30 PM EDT
Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Here are ten great benefits of adding more kale to your diet:
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.
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 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.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
5. 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.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
7. 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.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
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.