Kale has been the center of an ongoing nutritional craze for a few years now. The reasons millions of fitness athletes, bodybuilders, or simply people caring about their health consume kale on a regular basis is because this superfood is simply an awesome, nutrient-filled powerhouse.
Here’s 11 good reasons for eating kale everyday:
1. Kale is a Nutrient-Packed Powerhouse
Kale, while being one of the most nutrient-packed food on earth, is also very low in calories. In fact, one cup of cooked kale only contains 36 calories! It is incredibly rich in vitamin K (more than 1100% per cup), vitamin A, and vitamin C, while also containing an impressive list of essential nutrients. Not everybody likes the taste of kale thought. But fortunately, there are literally thousands of delicious recipes to eat kale, both raw and cooked. You can eat Kale to satiety without counting the calories.
2. High in Iron and Full of Fibers
Kale contains more iron per calorie than beef. For a vegetable, this is simply amazing. As you may already know, iron is an essential nutrient. It is crucial for your circulatory system, liver function and the formation of enzymes. One cup of cooked kale contains 5 grams of fiber. Fibers are essential to digestion and eliminating toxins in your body.
3. Full of Anti-Oxidants
Kale is literally packed with antioxidants, mainly flavonoids and polyphenols, but also beta carotene and vitamin C. Antioxidants help regulate oxidation in the body and are believed to prevent many types of cancer. They will further help in preventing cardiovascular diseases while lowering blood pressure.
4. Helps Reduce Cholesterol
Kale as well as being one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense, antioxidant packed food on the planet also contains an active ingredient directly linked to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, this particular ingredient is believed to lower the accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries. Studies showed that boiling kale will almost double the effectiveness of this ingredient.
5. Rich in Vitamin K
As mentioned before, kale is amazingly rich in vitamin K. One cup of this green powerhouse contains more than 7 times the normal daily dose of this particular nutrient! What is Vitamin k? Well, it is essential for a variety of body functions. But in short, it will help prevent cancers, regulate blood clotting, reduce inflammation and ensure bone health.
6. A Renowned Anti-Inflammatory Agent
Kale also contains reasonable amounts of Omega-3’s, which further help reducing body inflammation. It will help reduce the symptoms of people suffering from arthritis or simply joint pains. Omega 3’s are also well-known to help fighting against cardiovascular related diseases. Omega 3’s are also believed to play a role in the prevention of hair loss.
7. Helps in the Detoxification of The Body
Studies have also proven that consuming kale helps the body to flush out dangerous toxins. Simply put, kale contains a molecule which helps regulate the detoxifying process from within our body cells! This process further helps the digestion process while also protecting the interior lining of the stomach against bacteria overgrowth.
8. High in Vitamin C
Remember your Grandma always telling you to eat oranges come winter? Well guess what? One cup of kale contains more vitamin C than an orange! Along with all the other benefits mentioned above, kale will also boost your immunity system by providing an excellent supply of this essential element. Did you know that Vitamin C is also crucial for the normal growth and development of your body?
9. Rich in Various Minerals Like Iron and Calcium
Ingesting proper amounts of minerals is essential for many facets of body development. Minerals will help you build a strong skeletal system and will further help in maintaining it in a healthy condition. Did you know that kale contained more calcium per portion than milk?
10. Improved Vison and Eye Protection
The high concentration of Vitamin A contained in kale helps improve and maintain the health of your eyes and skin. Like carrots, kale will play a big role in eye health. Vitamin A is also know for preventing various types of cancers.
11. Kale and Weight-loss
Many athletes of all disciplines are well-aware of the nutritional power of kale. But many of them will also rely on this cruciferous vegetable for its incredibly low amount of calories per portion. As mentioned above, kale contains 36 calories per cup, this is incredibly low, even compared to many fruits and vegetables.
Kale has a strong earthy taste and many people will refrain themselves from eating it because of that. But there are now thousands of amazingly delicious recipes for kale all over the web! Smoothies, kale juices, salads… Give it a try, you won’t regret it… And your body will love you!
Two quick and healthy kale recipes:
Preheat oven at 400 F. Beat 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and a few thin slices of onion together. Pour the mixture into an oven-safe pan. Cook for 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Meanwhile coarsely cut some kale (to taste), then sprinkle it over the egg mixture, sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese on top. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 400F or until kale is crispy. Enjoy!
Sriracha Lime Kale Chips
Preheat oven at 400F. Coarsely cut some kale (the size of a potato chip) and mix it up with some olive oil (not too much), salt, a couple squeezes of lime fresh lime juice and sriracha sauce (to taste). Line the kale pieces on a cookie pan. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the kale pieces are crispy. The nutritional value of kale chips is phenomenal and they taste amazing! Plus the amount of calories in homemade kale chips is trivial.
Quick and Easy Sauteed Kale with Roasted Pine Nuts
Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large wok over medium heat. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and a finely chopped onion. Sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add 3-4 bunches of chopped kale (yields about 2 pounds) and ½ cup toasted pine nuts. Sauté for additional 4-6 minutes, kale will now have a bright green color.
These are my personal favorites, by browsing around the web you will find thousands of delicious recipes to try!