Greens, Greens, and nothing but greens!
I love greens. I have always loved greens Maybe not as much as the green-loving witch in Into The Woods (I can’t imagine deciding to ruin people’s lives over greens), but I think I am a string second. I remember my parents having to set clear boundaries on my green eating portions because I would go overboard and eat too much and get green poisoning (can you imagine!).
Turnips are my favorite, especially the juice, which I would put in a mug and sip on. One of my fondest memories as a young child on my grandfather’s farm was picking turnips right from the land and then rushing home to cook them.
I remember the many hours it took for my mom to cut, wash, re-wash, and cook them. The house smelled full of greens and my stomach would growl in anticipation.
Over the years I have added another delicious green to my favorites, kale. Kale greens are crisp and dense and truly rich in flavor.
And Kale is an amazing food that has earned the title “Super Food” because:
- 1.Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.
- 2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
- 3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
- 4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
- 5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. 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.
- 6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
- 7. Kale is high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.
- 8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
- 9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
- 10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
You can put it in a smoothie (and your kids will still love it), add it to your favorite soup, eat it raw as a salad (who knew), or do a quick saute with a bit of lemon which is the recipe I am sharing with you today.
Here’s What You Need:
1/2 onion, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
Kale Greens, washed and chopped
1 lemon, juice and zest
Sea Salt (to taste)
Here’s What You Do:
In a saute pan (I also love to cook this dish in my wok) saute onions and garlic with a little bit of water until the onions are translucent, which is about a minute.
Working in batches, add kale and toss, sprinkling lemon juice and a pinch of salt. This process should take between 5-10 minutes.
Make sure you don’t overcook these greens. They should be a vibrant green color with a bit of crispness to them, Serve immediately.
These greens also store well in the refrigerator. Pull them out and reheat or enjoy them cold!
Stay Encouraged, Be Blessed & Eat Your Greens!!