Monday, May 28, 2012

Cherry Green Monster - Kale Edition

I bought some kale the other day and wanted to try it in a Green Monster. Kale has been called the 'Queen of Greens' by some. Unlike spinach or chard, kale doesn't contain oxalic acid, which prevents the body from absorbing calcium. Kale is the richest of the greens in the phytochemical lutein. Known mostly for its prevention of eye disease, lutein is now thought to be more protective against cancer than beta-carotein.

Kale is also one of the highest sources of antioxidant flavonoids which help ward off heart disease and regulate blood pressure. Kale has many benefits for women. It helps regulate estrogen, and wards off many forms of cancer including breast. The calcium in kale is more absorbable than the calcium in milk so it helps protect against osteoporosis, arthritis, and bone loss. Before and during pregnancy, kale supplies important minerals like calcium and iron. It also provides folic acid which is necessary for proper development of the baby's nervous system. While nursing, kale and other leafy greens increase breastmilk supply.

Children grow and develop at a rapid rate. Proper nutrition is vital. Kale is extremely rich in vitamin A—essential for visual and immune functions. One cup of kale has as much vitamin C as an orange. It provides as much calcium as the equivalent amounts of cow's milk making it an excellent food for vegans,

Kale contains chemicals called goitrogens that may inhibit absorption of dietary iodine. A decrease in iodine in your body can worsen symptoms of hypothyroidism, a condition where your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. The hormones produced by your thyroid gland are essential for regulating your metabolism. Goitrogens are almost completely destroyed during cooking, so avoid eating raw kale in excess with hypothyroidism. 

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Now, on with the smoothie.  As usual, flaxseed first :

Give it a whirrrr and disintegrate the seeds. 

Add frozen cherries

Fresh, raw kale. I just pull the leafy bits off the
stems and add to blender. 

Add a enough juice to blend. 
Then liquefy!

There you have it!

And as with spinach, you do not taste the kale...only the

And this is my daughter's tongue with all
the residual fruit skin and some kale bits. 

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