What’s so special about kale?
by NatureBox Nutritionist Kat Brown, MS RD RYT
Nutrient dense foods are all the rage, and for good reason! Research suggests that eating foods that are unprocessed and naturally high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer, and perhaps have effects on aging. This week, we’re highlighting four popular “superfoods” and their benefits- as well as some suggestions to include them in your diet.
Kale- not just a garnish any more. A cruciferous vegetable, kale has enjoyed a heyday recently- and no wonder! Kale is particularly high in beta carotene, vitamins K and C, lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as other nutrients. These nutrients are in part responsible for eye and bone health, decreasing oxidative stress, and normal blood clotting. As with other members of the Brassica, cruciferous veggie group, kale is a source of sulforaphanes, a nutrient with powerful anti-cancer abilities.
So, are those kale chips looking a little more appetizing? If you’re ready to try this popular and delicious way of eating and enjoying kale, we recommend Snack Girl’s Kale Chip recipe. If not, there are a myriad of ways to include it- kale makes a great addition to soups, stir fries, and salads or in place of lettuce on sandwiches.
What is your favorite way to eat kale?
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Kat Brown MS RD RYT is a San Francisco Bay Area based Registered Dietitian and Yoga Teacher. As a nutrition counselor, writer, cook, and yogini she seeks to inspire others to nourish themselves and live balanced, fulfilled lives.