It is often said that it is is always good to eat foods when they’re in season. Not only does the food tastes better, it’s also better for the planet because growing in season requires lower levels of artificial inputs.
November and other cold months are ideal for enjoining “the queen of greens” called Kale. Kale is a form of cabbage with green or purple leaves and is known as one of the healthiest vegetable on earth. The main difference between traditional cabbage and kale is that cabbage leaves form a head, whereas kale leaves never form one.
The best ways to eat kale is in its raw form, in vegetables juices or salads, cooked and boiled, in a soup or as a snack chips – my personal favourite way is in vegetable juice or as a chips.
If you’re not keen on the taste of Kale then eat it for its super health benefits – here are my top 10:
1. Kale is high in iron
Surprisingly, kale has more iron per gram than beef. Iron is essential for the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen around the body,promoting cell growth, proper liver function and more.
2. Kale is high in Vitamin K
The vitamin K helps in strengthening bones and preventing osteoporosis. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers and can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants
This powerful green vegetable is packed with antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids,that can help protect against various cancers.
4. Kale’s omega-3 fatty acids help in regulating the inflammatory process in the body
Just one cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
5. Kale is great for cardiovascular support and can help lower cholesterol levels
6. Kale is high in Vitamin A
Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin and in helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
7. Kale is high in Vitamin C
This essential vitamin is vital for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
8. Kale is high in calcium
Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss and osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism.
9. Kale is a great detox food
10. Kale is an excellent resource for those looking to shed some weight