At the beginning of the season I listed some avocado heavy summer recipes, as I couldn't get enough of creamy avocado at the time. As summer has progressed, I've become fascinated with the benefits and options of the queen of greens, kale.
For those of you who have never tried kale or don't love it; give it another try. It is an acquired taste and reaps the health benefits primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K -- and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.
An easy intro to the vegetable are kale chips. This snack is simple to make and easy to eat. I wrote about my favorite Crunchy Kale Chips from Yum Universe.
Featured above is an old favorite, that is worth repeating, the Creamy Kale Millet. This recipe includes coconut oil, tahini and nutritional yeast and is rich in flavor and vitamins.
The July issue of Bon Appetit listed two kale recipes that are on my list to try; The Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums and Marinated Kale and Green Bean Salad. Now is an ideal time for fresh plums and mixed with creamy cheese and crunchy kale is a symphony in your mouth and stomach!
Whether kale is lowering your cholesterol or fighting arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders, this leafy green is proven to make you feel good - isn't that what we all want?
Do you have a kale recipe to share?