Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Guest Post: The Five Benefits of Kale You Need to Know

Kale has continues to receive positive press from all over the world! Kale has been sweeping the menus of local restaurants, sworn on by health professionals, and has even been popularized in
fashion trends. With all of this craze we can't help but wonder what is it that makes kale so great?

1. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world 
Kale has an impressive resume of nutrients that are seemingly unmatchable by most other foods on the planet!  One single cup of kale attributes to a significant amount of your daily Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Calcium, Manganese, and Vitamin B6.  Looking for a more impressive fact?  Only 1 cup of kale exceeds the recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C!  Pretty impressive if you ask me.

3. Kale contributes to eye health 
Kale is an impressive contributor to eye health as well!  All of the Vitamin A in Kale is known to prevent optical disorders associated primarily with age by storing vitamins in the retina.  The carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin prevent UV light exposure while also preventing cataracts as well as atherosclerosis!

4. Kale supports weight loss 
40 calories per serving, kale is the perfect snack for cutting calories with 3 grams of protein per serving allowing for the sustainability given by a higher calorie option. 

5. Kale is jam packed with iron 
Are you a vegan, vegetarian, or just need more iron in your diet in general?  Kale is your answer.  Kale has more iron per calorie than red meat!  With all this iron you can guarantee that your body will perfectly oxygenated and full of red blood cells, not to mention having healthy hair, skin, and nails!

    Easy Kale, Orange, Banana Smoothie
    • 1 cup kale, stems removed
    • 1 banana, peeled
    • 1 orange, peels removed
    • 5 ice cubes
    • 1 cup water
    Put all ingredients in a blender and blends until smooth. 

    Guest Post by Madison!
    "Nutrition and health have always been a passion of mine and I am lucky enough to apply this interest by majoring in Nutrition with a focus in Dietetics and minoring in General Business at Miami University." - Madison, Grass Roots Nutrition Intern

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