Sunday, December 4, 2011

Energy Boost.

My Newest obsession...
I made my first kale shake the other day it was actually pretty yummy!
I used 1 cup of kale, and a banana, ice & blended that baby up!
Kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet... so if you're not a veggie person--
My advice would be to ummm... get over it lol. Start incorporating kale into your diet.
You can make a salad out of kale leaves with 1 cup of kale a day & the health benefits are irreplaceable!  A shake is a great way to start off your day - packed with nutrients you'll get all the energy you need to kick off your day in the right way.  You can literally put anything in your shake to customize it to your liking!

Health Benefits of Kale
'Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.  One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Eating a diet rich in the powerful antioxidant vitamin K can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vitamin K is abundant in kale but also found in parsley, spinach, collard greens, and animal products such as cheese.
Vitamin K is necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions, including normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity, and bone health.'

Other Quick Yummy Recipes
-Make a simple salad with a bunch of thinly sliced kale, red pepper, onion, raisins, and your favorite salad dressing.
-Braise chopped kale and apples, garnish with chopped walnuts, and add a splash of balsamic vinegar.
-Toss whole-grain pasta with chopped kale, pine nuts, feta cheese, and a little olive oil.
-Cover and cook a pound of chopped kale with a few garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons olive oil for 5 minutes; season with salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar.
-Make kale chips by slicing kale into bite-size pieces, toss with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt, and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees in the oven. 

~Tiffany Nicole.
via: webmd

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