Well the weekend is finally here and I’m super happy that the week went by so fast! I still can’t believe is Friday. Anyways I’m super happy to hear you all loved the veggie rolls! Great response! As many of you already let me know, yes, the sauce is to die for right? Glad you liked it!
Anyways, today I just want to share with you some information I found a couple of days back and that I thought it would be perfect to share because lately I’ve been eating kale every.single.day! I love it! I know raw kale is only for some palates but I find it quite delicious and after reading this article I doubled my portions for sure!
If you eat cooked foods I totally recommend you to incorporate kale in your everyday meals, when cooked the taste is not as bitter as raw and if you eat raw like me, well let me tell you there are plenty of ways to eat it that go beyond kale chips! You can find several recipes here in Gastrawnomica like the Party Veggie Rolls using kale leaves instead of collard, or my Mango-Kiwi Pasta Salad, but basically you can add kale to almost everything, kale is perfect for green smoothies for sure!
Did you know kale doesn’t exist in Mexico? Yeah, you heard right. When I first became raw a couple of years ago I started like most of the people that transition to a raw vegan diet: eating tons of gourmet raw food. The thing is that there’s no such thing as gourmet raw in Mexico, if I wanted something I had to do it myself, so kale chips where something I always wanted to try and it wasn’t until I went to NYC for vacations that I tried it, so for sure I can tell you I looked for kale all over my town and no one had an idea of what it was.
Anyways is not about that what we are going to talk about, I want you to know all the amazing benefits this super healthy green has for you! It always amazes me how nature can really give us so many different nutrients and just from one ingredient!
Environmentalists cite meat production as one of the biggest contributors to global warming, and the USDA’s new food pyramid (MyPlate) suggests the healthiest choice is making vegetables and fruit the biggest part of every meal by reducing consumption of animal proteins. Kale is far more nutritious than other leafy greens, but these seven reasons why it is such an important futurefood may just surprise you.
1. Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is the number one cause of arthritis, heart disease and a number of autoimmune diseases, and is triggered by the consumption of animal products. Kale is an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory food, potentially preventing and even reversing these illnesses.
2. Iron: Despite the myth that vegetarians are anemic, the number of non-vegetarians with iron-deficiencies is on the rise. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef.
3. Calcium: Dairy and beef both contain calcium, but the U.S. still has some of the highest rates of bone loss and osteoporosis in the world. Kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk (90 grams per serving) and is also better absorbed by the body than dairy.
4. Fiber: Like protein, fiber is a macronutrient, which means we need it every day. But many Americans don’t eat nearly enough and the deficiency is linked to heart disease, digestive disorders and cancer. Protein-rich foods, like meat, contain little to no fiber. One serving of kale not only contains 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber, but it also provides 2 grams of protein.
5. Omega fatty acids: Essential Omega fats play an important role in our health, unlike the saturated fats in meat. A serving of kale contains 121 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 92.4 mg of omega-6 fatty acids.
6. Immunity: Superbugs and bacteria are a serious risk to our health. Many of these come as a result of factory farm meat, eggs and dairy products. Kale is an incredibly rich source of immune-boosting carotenoid and flavanoid antioxidants including vitamins A and C.
7. Sustainable: Kale grows to maturity in 55 to 60 days versus a cow raised for beef for an average of 18-24 months. Kale can grow in most climates and is relatively easy and low impact to grow at home or on a farm. To raise one pound of beef requires 16 pounds of grain, 11 times as much fossil fuel and more than 2,400 gallons of water.
Super interesting right? Well don’t forget to add some super green kale this weekend to your meals! A super healthy punch! I’ll talk to you next week! Have an awesome weekend!