My main man, kale

When you’re feeling like a snack after a long day, the first impulse is to kick up your feet and reach for a bag of crispy…kale? Okay maybe that’s a stretch. But this leafy green vegetable has definitely been working its way into local chatter, with health gurus all over the world telling us to amp up our kale intake.

Why has kale suddenly stolen the spotlight? The reasoning behind the kale revolution has to do with the powerful combination of nutrients it holds.  Kale is saturated with vitamins and minerals including vitamins C, K, and vitamin A as well as magnesium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.  It contains higher levels of calcium per calorie than milk and higher levels of iron and protein per calorie than beef.  It also is infused with beta-carotene, antioxidants and phytonutrients, which protect the body from cancers.  It is incredibly high in fiber and contains no fat.  One cup of chopped, raw kale has a whopping 36 calories.

It would seem as if the list of benefits to kale is never-ending. It helps clear up all sorts of problems, from cataracts to heart disease, cancer to osteoporosis. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory; it helps with arthritis and stiffness. It is also gives the body’s detoxification system (lungs, skin, digestive system, kidneys, liver) a boost.

Putting Kale in your daily juice or smoothie enhances your world with all of these wonderful benefits, and when it’s combined right, your taste-buds don’t even notice.  Organic Tree Juice Bar’s philosophy is to combine kale with spinach and parsley – to create juices that taste great, but contain the powers of greens to fuel your life.

 

Written for Organic Tree Juice Bar 2014

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