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Amazing Kale

Stocking up on seasonal greens at this time of year is a great way to get a good dose of vitamins and minerals.  Kale is particularly nutritious-it’s loaded with vitamin C, helping you to keep the winter colds away as well as vitamin A, vital for eye and skin health.

Per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef and more calcium than milk.  It’s a great source of dietary fibre and packs a punch with minerals including magnesium and calcium.  No wonder it’s been called a superfood.  And the good news is that it doesn’t cost a small fortune.

Kale also has one of the highest amounts per serving of vitamin K, essential for blood clotting and wound healing.  Whilst this is good for most of us, high amounts of kale are not recommended for anyone taking blood-thinning medication.  It also contains a compound called goitrin which can interfere with thyroid hormone synthesis which could be of concern to anyone affected by thyroid issues.  However, you’d need to eat it every day for it to be a concern and by cooking kale, it’s goitrogenic properties are reduced.

There are lots of easy ways to incorporate these super healthy greens into your meals.

  • Chop the leaves finely and stir them through potato or root mash.
  • Chop and fry them in a little olive oil with garlic and fresh or dried chilli and serve as a side.
  • Make a stew or soup and stir some finely chopped kale in at the end.
  • Add to a frittata or omelette-finely chop kale and add it to the egg mixture along with any other veg you may have that needs using up.

Happy cooking!

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