Updated: May 10, 2019
Kale is know these days as being one of those superfoods. Now I know "Superfood" is a word that is thrown around all the time these days but in my book, Kale definitely falls in to that category. Not only boasting an amazing profile of nutrients, it is also know as a healing food, containing Cancer fighting properties.
Kale is part of a family of vegetables knows as Cruciferous Vegetables. This family of hubble veggies are probably the most nutritious out there. Their family name is "Brassicaceae" and includes, but isn't limited to...
- Bok Choy
- Brussel Sprout
When it comes to a profile of nutrients, Kale is among one of the most nutrient dense foods out there. In a 100 gram serving, kale provides only 49 calories and a large amount of Vitamin K. It is a rich source of Vitamin A, C, B6, Folate and Manganese. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Ribovlavin, Vitamin E and several dietary minerals, including Iron, Calcium, Potassium, and Phosphorus.
Like a lot of Cruciferous veggies, too much, particularly when eaten raw, can be a little gas producing! To make it easier on digestion, but not destroy loads of nutrients, we like to pop the leaves in to a hot oven in a dish for a couple of minutes until just wilted and bright green. But first, be sure to wash and remove the leaves from the stems. The stems are actually edible but are often very woody and much more difficult to digest. The stems do juice well though so there is definitely no need to toss them in the bin.
You will see Kale featured regularly in our meals, not only for the amazing health benefits but we think it is tasty too.