Thursday, 2 February 2012

Currently Loving...

Hello!

I'm going to make this a regular occurence on my blog, and I intend to make this a video series. I would have started this week but I'm ill and sound like a man at the moment!

KALE


I'm ashamed to say this but, this time last year, I had no idea what kale was! Keris of Fitter London introduced me to kale and some other vegetables, this has helped add variety to my veggie based meals.

The only green, leafy veggies I was very familiar with were spinach and lettuce. And of course I loved my frozen mixed vegetables ;) And other ones in Nigeria including bitter leaf and those used in vegetable stews (I don't know their names).  After this confession, I hope someone else out there can relate to this... or else I'm just special :/

Nutritional benefits of kale include:
  • One cup of kale = 36 calories + many benefits!
  • High Fibre content - aids digestion (prevents constipation) and curbs over-eating (like most leafy vegetables)
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help fight and combat cancer and quoting a website (www.healthdiaries.com) " a healthy diet of kale also provides glucosinolates, which have been shown to prevent colon, breast, bladder, prostate, ovarian cancers, as well as gastric cancer. "
  • Detoxification - Kale helps aid the body's detoxifying process
  • Source of Vitamins A, C & K
I always try to spice up my veggies, so I added 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to a pan, stir fried the kale for a couple of minutes, added mushrooms and herbs, with a couple of pinches of salt. I allowed to cook for a furhter 3-4 minutes. Then added 1/3 of a cup of (home-made) chicken stock to add some more flavour - done! 

I've also pan fried prawns, then added the kale to the pan (the prawn stock adds the yummiest flavour) and squeezed half a lemon right at the end. Yum factor: Off the charts! Picture: It was too yummy, my camera was dead so... :p

As promised, here's the link: 
http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/9-health-benefits-of-kale.html

Do you like kale? What leafy veggies are your faves?


Also, if there's any other thing you'd like to see in my (soon-to-come)videos, please let me know.

4 comments:

Ceri said...

Great minds.... I wrote a very similar post just before Christmas - I love Kale, and I hadn't eaten it before this last year either! :)

http://cucinaceri.com/2011/12/16/right-now-im-loving-curly-kale/

Adura said...

Wow! Great minds!!! I'm surprised I didn't read this but I can see why, it was the weekend of the Xmas party, travelling, etc!

Daddy's Girl said...

I love kale... leafy green veggies in general are awesome. So filling and tasty.

Adura said...

I agree :)