Kale is a super vegetable and one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. It is a leafy green vegetable that is fresher in the winter when the leaves are crispy and green. Kale belongs to the Brassica family. It’s similar to cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts but, it’s the richest of them all. It’s an excellent source of nutrients and packed with health benefits. Here are just a few:
Vitamin A: Kale is rich in Vitamin A. It’s essential for kid’s eye health and immune functions.
Vitamin C: Raw Kale provides the best source of Vitamin C. One cup of Kale contains as much Vitamin C as an orange. Vitamin C is important to strengthen our children’s blood vessels, gums, and helps to minimize bruising.
Vitamin K: Kale is super rich in Vitamin K. It is important for normal blood clotting, bone health, and antioxidant activity.
Calcium: One cup of Kale provides the daily requirement for calcium. Calcium is important for building bones teeth, and muscle.
Other Benefits:Kale is also an excellent vegetable for breastfeeding and during pregnancy. It contains folic acid that helps protect your baby’s growth and to stimulate milk supply. It also supplies iron and calcium that is important for proper development of the baby’s nervous system.
Tips for Cooking:
- Cook Kale by steaming or sautéing in stir-fries
- It’s excellent chopped and used in the same way you use spinach or cabbage
- Try adding it into soups or mashed potatoes
- Mince it up like parsley and add it in pasta (a great way to get the kids to eat it!)
Sources: howstuffworks.com, vegfamily.com