Why Kale and My Favorite Kale SaladApr 21, 2020
MY FAVORITE KALE SALAD
This recipe should make enough for about 1 bunches of kale.
- 2-inch fresh ginger, grated finely
- Juice of 2 juicy lemons
- 2 Tablespoons Agave syrup or maple syrup
- 2 Tablespoons of nuts or seeds (like slivered almonds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
Add ingredients to a small bowl with a fork or whisk or shake in a jar. Store in a jar in the refrigerator.
Most people know that eating your vegetables is healthy. But why and is kale special?
One reason why vegetables are healthy is that they contain FIBER. Meat and dairy products contain no fiber. Only plant foods have it. The fiber in vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains helps with digestion, weight loss, heart health, and cancer prevention.
- 2 cups of chopped kale = 5 g fiber
- ½ cup black beans = 7 g fiber
- meat, poultry, seafood or a boiled egg or dairy = 0 fiber
Vegetables provide a special type of protection from the environment in the form of antioxidants that boost your immune system and protect your cells against damage (like aging and cancer). Kale is no exception and as a cruciferous vegetable (named for the cross-shape during growth) it has special properties. Dark leafy greens like kale are rich in calcium, iron, and folate (which is an antioxidant). They also protect against age-related vision loss. Cruciferous veggies include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collards, watercress and radishes.
And Dark Leafy greens like kale have protein.
- 2 cups of chopped kale = 6 g protein
- 1/2 cup black beans = 6 g protein
- 1 boiled egg = 6 g protein (NO dietary fiber)
Bright green leave, firm not wilted, no yellow or brown areas
How to wash it?
Rinse fresh produce in plain water — and eat your veggies!
But, Donald Schaffner, a food microbiologist and distinguished professor at Rutgers University, says that's a bad idea because it's possible that if you ingest soap residue, it could lead to diarrhea or vomiting. He says the best thing is just to rinse your produce in cold water. If it's an item with a tough skin, you can use a vegetable brush.
See NPR article for more information on grocery shopping and washing produce.
How to store kale?
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