Saturday, August 27, 2011

oh, kAle No!

Oh Kale... I started my day with gagging down a kale shot! Kale is very nutritional... as you can see down below by what I stole from Wikipedia. The only problem with Kale is that it tastes disgusting. Also, if mixed with other juices it tends to completely overpower everything. That's where the idea for the Kale shot came into play. That way we get the nutrients but who said we have to savor when it isn't the good stuff? To help chase any Kale taste still remaining I made another juice to be yummier! It had spinach, granny apple, and grapes. It was delicious! Obviously fruit juices are yummy almost always however the better nutrients are in the veggies so I am trying to mix some of each to balance taste vs. nutrition.

Nutritional value: Kale is considered by nutritionists including Dr Joel Furhman to be the most nutritious vegetable in the world with extremely powerful antioxidant properties; kale is considered[by whom?] to be anti-inflammatory.

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties.[citation needed] Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss.[2] Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.[3][4] Kale is also a good source of carotenoids.[5]

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