Fifty Shades of Kale
Nothing is sexier than a sharp, happy mind atop a lean, healthy body. Few foods are able to deliver this promise like kale. She is the ideal plant in many ways: hardy and easy to grow, nutrient dense, and delicious.
Kale is the queen of the cruciferous vegetables, a family of superfoods packed with nutritional benefits. She delivers a huge dose of vitamin K* (with more than 600 percent of your daily allowance per serving), and plays a starring role in supporting brain and bone health.
She offers more vitamin C than an orange, more pro-vitamin A than any other leafy green, and a tiny one-cup serving has close to three times as much calcium as a school lunchâ€“size carton of milk. The fats are in perfect ratioâ€”in fact the main source of fat in kale is omega-3 fat, which is essential for optimum health. With just one cup, kale brings a whopping 121 mg of the core omega-3, alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), to the table.
But it is her lesser-known qualities that enchant and hold us prisoner. In addition to offering a bounty of vitamins and minerals, kale possesses a veritable medicine chest of healthy molecules known as phytonutrients. These plant-based molecules travel from the end of your fork to the very center of your cells, where they turn on genes that boost your bodyâ€™s natural ability to detox. The sulforaphane in kale helps to protect against diseases like cancer and diabetes. Her flavonoidsâ€”responsible for her many deep colorsâ€”offer a boost to cardiac health and your immune system.
Ultimately, this book aims to release you from the bondage of guiltâ€”to encourage you to prepare and eat decadent-tasting foods that are also good for you. Kale not only offers a wide array of health benefits, it also helps you to stay lean. At only 33 calories per cup, kale offers a lot of nutrient value for very few calories. And because the nutrients in kale become more bioavailable (able to be absorbed and utilized by your body) when paired with other specific nutrients, youâ€™ll find that you can indulge in foods you might typically consider sinful. The recipes in this book will show you how to cook with ingredients like butter, eggs, red meat, and pasta in a healthy manner. So whether youâ€™re a cooking novice and want to start with a one-day love affair or a real kale submissive, you will undoubtedly succumb to her charms. And with fifty kale-centric recipes, like Hot Bacon Kale, Spicy Mussels with Kale, and Kale and Black Cherry Sorbet . . . resistance is futile.
|May 30, 2020
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