From detoxifying your liver and protecting your heart to being packed with anti-aging properties, kale is one of our favourite superfoods. Here’s why you should eat more of it and how we love to eat it.
1. A natural cancer fighter
Kale contains an abundance of glucosinolate enzymes which stop cancer cells from becoming active and speeds up the removal of carcinogens from your system.
2. Anti-aging skincare
Kale is packed with vitamin C, which delivers a plethora of health benefits including few wrinkles and softer, firmer skin.
3. Detoxifies your liver and protects your heart
An anti-cancer compound found in kale helps your liver more efficiently remove toxins. Its high levels of fiber have been found to lower bad cholesterol.
4. Natural SPF
Kale contains the highest quantities of lutein and zeaxanthin – antioxidants that work from the inside out to act as natural sunscreen protection.
5. More iron than beef
Kale gives you more iron per calorie than beef (plus it’s packed with protein).
6. Non-dairy source of calcium
Kale supplies more calcium per calorie than milk.
7. Boosts your eyesight
EVen more so than carrots! One cup of kale provides 206% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.
How we love to eat kale
Wash and thoroughly dry kale leaves. Tear into pieces and coat with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 200C for 15 minutes until crispy. Better than potato chips!
Massage kale leaves for a few minutes with olive oil, then cut into thin, julienned slices. Combine with chickpeas, walnuts and halved cherry tomatoes. Make a great side dish or lunch.
Kale is delicious blended into juices along with other nutrient-packed fruit and veggies. Try a green goddess juice, blending kale, cucumber, green apples and limes – yum!