Kale has made a big splash in the last several years – at least in my world. I knew it was around before that, but I guess I just didn’t pay much attention to it. Then all of a sudden it was EVERYWHERE. At first, I couldn’t stand to eat it – it was more of an acquired taste for me. So, I started ‘hiding’ it in meals such as smoothies where I could reap the many nutritional benefits without having to freak out my taste buds. Because I decided to commit to a Vegan lifestyle, I embarked on learning more about this Queen vegetable. Without further ado, here are 8 reasons why kale is the Queen of cruciferous vegetables.
1. Kale is loaded with Vitamin K. I really never knew what Vitamin K was until a couple of years ago. It definitely wasn’t a vitamin I paid much attention to growing up. But, Vitamin K provides wonderful nutrients for our bodies especially for our brains and bone health.
2. Kale has more Vitamin C than an orange. Growing up I remember eating oranges or drinking orange juice thinking I was getting all the Vitamin C my body needed. Who would have ever guessed that this green curly vegetable had so much Vitamin C!?
3. There is more Vitamin A in Kale than any other leafy green vegetable. Ok, sounds legit – the deep rich green color and thickness of the leaves must provide a lot of Vitamin A, right? Now you don’t have to only eat carrots to get your Vitamin A. The rabbits will thank us!
4. Kale has 3x more calcium than drinking a small pint of milk. I must have been completely brainwashed growing up because I just equated drinking milk with getting all the calcium my body needed. Never mind I couldn’t stand drinking milk so it was an easy thing to eliminate from my diet when I went Vegan.
5. One cup of kale has 121mg of core Omega-3 and alpha-linoleic (ALA). The Omega-3 craze has had quite a bit of exposure, lately. Without going into full nerd mode and explaining the Scientifics’ behind Omega’s, suffice it to say this is a VERY important nutrient our brains and hearts need to function properly.
6. Kale contains Sulforaphane which protects us against diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
7. Kale also contains Flavonoids which help to boost our cardiac health and our immune systems.
8. And, finally, there are only 33 calories per cup! Think how much kale you could eat with such a low caloric amount!
There you have it! Hale to Queen Kale! Eat up-your body will thank you!
If you’d like to learn a little more about Queen Kale, the book called, “50 Shades of Kale” was my inspiration. Click here