Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Kale for Weight Loss and Health

By this time, I'm sure you tried my kale chip recipe! And LOVED it!! Listen to these little facts about our beloved kale!

Kale is one of the most nutrient rich foods on the planet and one that you should eat at least a few times a week if you can manage it.

Kale stands out in its high number of antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients and anti-cancer nutrients.

It has also been known to lower blood pressure. If you are trying to lose weight, kale is your go-to vegetable because it provides more nutritional value for fewer calories than any other food around.

You can lightly steam kale, add it to soups and smoothies, or bake it in the oven for a healthy chip snack.

My friend Renae sent me a recipe for a kale smoothie from "The Love of Food" blog.

Kale and Pear smoothie with herbs
Serves 2
2 cups kale
1 1/2 cups water
2 ripe pears, cored
1/4 cup herbs (parsley and cilantro both worked great)
1 frozen banana (cut into cubes froze over night)
1 cup ice
1 Tbsp flax seeds
1 scoop protein powder
1/4 Avocado
(the last 3 ingredients are optional)

Blend water, kale, and herbs for 15 seconds-1 minute on high. Then add the pear, banana, ice, flax seeds, protein powder, and avocado and blend for another minute.

Sounds great! Cant wait to try it out! Thanks Renae ;)

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~ Coach John Wooden

1 comment:

  1. I do love kale chips! My son will stand at the cookie sheet and shove them in his mouth until they are gone!