Your Grocery Store out of Kale? What’s all the Buzz?
This may be an exaggeration, but up until a few years ago, I don’t think folks outside of the health and fitness realm had even heard of kale! We’ve known for centuries how important vegetables are in our diets, but what makes kale stand out? Well, kale helps shift your blood pH balance to a more alkaline state (so what??!) This basically means that kale helps your body stay balanced. Without the help of alkaline foods in your diet, such as green vegetables, your body has to work very hard to keep itself from becoming too acidic. Do some research on your own to figure out why you should be well balanced between an acidic and alkaline state. PS: good luck losing weight if you’re too acidic!
Also, kale has a high level of powerful antioxidants that will help protect the cells in your body and your overall DNA. This is great news for your immune system, nervous system (this controls everything), skeletal system, and pretty much the whole system in general! Kale is also high in sulforophane, which will boost the detox enzymes in your liver. For us Bostonian’s, being able to properly detox ourselves (the liver is a primary source for detoxing) is very important. We are constantly surrounded by pollution from cars, buildings, laptops, trucks, computers, and everything else in the city.
Need some more?? Kale is loaded with Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. Now that we have your attention, it is important to eat a variety of vegetables, preferably with every meal! Entire articles could be written about the benefits of any vegetable on earth.
Some great ways to consume Kale:
- Homemade Kale Chips: All you need is kale (obviously), a pinch of sea salt, a little olive or coconut oil, and an oven. Wash the kale, drizzle a little oil on it, sprinkle the sea salt on it, mix it up and put it in the oven at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Delicious
- Throw it into a smoothie! For example; Protein powder, water, ice, frozen berries, handful of kale, flax seed, natural peanut butter
- Use it in a salad
- Saute it with other veggies and chicken breast