Since my last article spoke about the importance of eating lots of fruits and vegetables, I thought it might be of benefit to offer you and example of a fantastic green!
I have known for a long time that kale, one of the cruciferous vegetables, is supposed to be one of the ‘greatest of greens’ and yet I have to say that I have never really liked the taste of it. Now I should say, that was always the case until I tried Lacinato kale. Lacinato kale, also known as dinosaur kale, is a type of kale from Italy. It is considered to be more of a wild variety rather than domesticated. The great thing about Lacinato verses regular kale is that is delicious and on the sweet side. Can you imagine this for kale?
Kale in general is loaded with nutrients and is therefore a must in your diet. Just to give you some of the great benefits kale has/is:
• One of the highest levels of phytonutrients than any vegetable
• Of those phytonutrients, one in particular that is high in glucosinolates, which research is showing to be involved in lessening the occurrence of a varieties of cancer
• Phytonutrients also work as antioxidants, which aid in keeping all the cells in your body healthier due to a decrease in free radicals
• One of the highest levels of carotenes, especially lutein and zeaxanthin, both assist in the prevention of damage to the eyes, including decreasing the potential for macular degeneration
• High in beta carotene, a precursor to Vitamin A
• High in Vitamin C
• High in Manganese, a mineral involved in the production of energy from carbohydrates and protein
• Contains 93 mg of Calcium in one cup
• Is loaded with fiber with one cup giving you about 10% of the daily value for fiber
• And much more!
If you want to learn more on some of the detailed studies, go to: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38
So now that I’ve got your attention, you might be wanting to eat it but what exactly do you do with it? Well, you can eat it raw in your salads or, my favorite thing to do is steam it. Here is how:
• Place about ½” of water in a quart pot
• Remove the ribs from the kale and then slice it into 1” pieces crosswise