Thursday, 21 April 2016

Curry Split Pea Soup with Carrots

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It seems like over the past few years kale has been fading out of the limelight and isn’t as trendy as it once was. Well, the good thing is kale is still pretty amazing and is loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals, in case you have forgotten. Some of these include: Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and also (bare with me) Manganese, Fiber, Copper, Tryptophan, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Omega 3 Fats, Vitamin B2, Protein, Vitamin B1, Folate, Phosphorus and Vitamin B3. Phew! That is a lot of nutrients in one single vegetable. [1]

Some Amazing Health Benefits of Kale

You can certainly eat kale raw, however, when you cook kale it enhances some of its health benefits.  Kale has proven to reduce cholesterol levels, especially when steamed. Steamed kale binds more easily to the bile acids in your digestive tract, and when the kale is passed, so are these bile acids, which in turn lowers your cholesterol.
Kale is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, which means it can help fight asthma, arthritis, and other excessive inflammatory related problems. The high antioxidant levels combined with the anti-inflammatory qualities have been shown to prevent and even fight cancer cells!  Some of the other amazing powers of this delicious super food include: maintaining healthy bones and teeth, preventing urinary stones, lowering blood pressure, and also (because of its high sulfur content) assisting greatly in detoxification of the body. (Source)

Kale Chips

Kale chips are a delicious way to eat kale, and it would surprise me if even picky eaters didn’t like them! They are crunchy and delicious and can be dressed in a variety of different ways. One thing is for sure —these make an excellent alternative to the popular but not-so-healthy potato chip and are loaded with a lot more beneficial vitamins.

Recipe

Ingredients:
1 Head Curly Kale* (de-stemmed)
3 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
Sprinkle of sea salt
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° Celsius
  2. Remove stems and chop kale into bite size pieces, place in large bowl
  3. Sprinkle on spices
  4. Pour on oil, mix and massage into kale
  5. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes
  6. Rotate pan and bake for another 10-12 minutes
  7. Enjoy!
Really couldn’t be easier!
Give them a shot and let me know what you think in the comments section below!
*I recommend using organic kale to ensure getting the maximum flavour and nutrient content.

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