Thursday, September 20, 2012

Green Goodness

I discovered kale while living in California four years ago and fell madly in love with it. I was amazed by how much flavor this dark green curly leave had and how many things I could do with them.

It is one of those plants that grows in cold and warm weather, which is great news for anyone who wants to grow them in their own contry. History tells that it has been part of people´s diet since the Middle Ages and became an important ingredient during the times of war in Europe.

This super food is packed with vitamins K and C, beta carotene, calcium and fiber. It is a good friend to your eyes because it contains carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, because it helps fight cataracts and eye macular degeneration.

Like other green foods {brocoli and brassicas} it is a powerful ingredient in fighting cancer because it provides yyou with a good dose of sulforaphanes, because the help suppress tumor growth by raising the body's levels of cancer-fighting enzymes. Chop or mince the leaves to help release these compounds.

To buy kale, make sure there are no discolorations or black spots on the leaves because these are signs that they are not fresh. Also, make sure the leaves are crips and the stem is hard. I highly encourage you to buy it in different colors so your dishes look not just healthy but also colorful.

Have a great and healthy day!