I have been in Boulder, Colorado for the last few days helping my daughter move into her new digs. As far as college “homes” go, she found a great house to share with some girlfriends. It has been an exhausting few days. We rented a truck packed up all her stuff, drove 6 miles and unpacked everything. Between boxes, assembling furniture, and organizing, it has been an exhausting few days. I will be back in my own bed tonight, sleeping soundly but missing my girls.
The first item on my agenda tomorrow morning will be hitting the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. I need to restock my greens and at the top of the list will be kale. First because I am craving my favorite, Kale Chips, second, because after a bit of a exhausting trip, I feel like I need to refuel. And feasting on kale is a wonderful way to do that.
Kale provides one of the highest nutrition per calorie ratio. Kale is a part of the brassica family. Other members include cabbage, collard greens and brussle sprouts. High in calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K, kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli! It is also a great source of fiber. But what makes kale really stand out are the phytochemicals sulforaphane and indoles which kale is abundant in. Research suggests that these important nutrients protect us against cancer.
Research has found that kale’s sulpher containing phytonutrients activate detoxifing enzymes in the liver that help neutralize potentially carcinogenic substances. When we eat kale, our genes increase production of enzymes involved in detoxification, and our bodies eliminate harmful compounds. Kale is one of the powerhouses in it’s ability to help our bodies be healthy.
It is interesting to note that when you lightly cook kale, the vitamin K content increases significantly. Food for thought.
You can find the recipe for my favorite Kale Chips here: Rawmazing Kale Chips