Why is kale so good for you?
One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K .Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.
Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw. (I like it raw and cooked)
Because of it’s very high chlorophyl levels, it balances your PH levels and counteracts the effects of acidic foods like red meat, pasta, cheese, cream and processed foods. This is very important for overall health and long-term well-being.
This kale smoothie is so delicious and is a real kick start to my day.
Cut up the kale, add as much as you like, I generally cut up around 4 big leaves.
One ripe banana.
A teaspoon of matcha.
A teaspoon of supergreens (this can be spirulina, or any super greens mix you use)
Half a cup of frozen raspberries
A cup of freshly brewed green tea, cooled, or at room temperature
Honey to taste
Half a cup of organic natural yoghurt
Mix and voilà!
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