NUTRITION: IT IS TIME TO MASSAGE YOUR KALE
It is time to grab your Kale, and give it a good and loving massage! Why? Because kale is such an incredible leafy green, but the texture of it can be quite rough which in turn makes it harder to digest (remember our stomach doesn't have teeth) and massaging it simply breaks down the kale making it easier to gather all the nutrients and benefits of this beautiful green. Trust me your stomach will thank you for the pre-massage.
While you massage, the kale will start to look like it is wilting due to the cellulose (the fibrous structure that holds it all together) breaking down, and it will become much softer in nature. Before we delve into the how-to lets just review how PERFECT this leafy green truly is.
It is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits, cancer protective compounds, supports the bodies detoxification process, lowers cholesterol +++ so much more. The more in depth breakdown includes:
Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin K Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 Folate Manganese Calcium Phosphorus Potassium Copper Iron Carotenoids | Beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin Flavonoids | Quercitin, kaempferol Fatty acids Omega-3 fatty acids Omega-6 fatty acids Fiber
It is one of the leafy greens, along with dandelion, that I consume every. single. day in some form or another. Whether it is in my morning green juice (I usually use black/aka dinosaur kale), as a salad for lunch/dinner or blended into a superfood smoothie along with vitamineral greens, bee pollen, maca, etc...all those amazing goodies! It is at the top of my list for super greens and can truly claim the crown in Vegetable Kingdom.
This is how I give my kale some lovin':
- De-stem the kale leaves from the stem - In a large bowl, combine the de-stemmed kale leaves with 1 tsp sea salt or himalayan pink salt, 1/2-1 whole lemon juiced and roughly 1.5 tsp of olive, flax, hemp, or avocado oil (my favorite is flax oil!) - Using a massaging action (similar to kneading bread dough), start to tear the leaves apart and massage. - Continue massaging for about 2-5 minutes or until the leaves are softened, the leaves will also turn a more vibrant green.
VOILA! Use this as a salad base or add toppings of your choice for a complete meal in a bowl
I like to add *all organic*: sundried tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkin seeds, radishes, dulse, and some sprouts for a delicious and nutritious salad.
Been giving your kale some love? If not this is the perfect time to start. Lets get our summer salads going!
I hope everyone has an amazing start to your week!