If you want to kick start 2015 with a heap of vitamins in your system try starting New Year’s morning off with a great Kale smoothie! This humble leafy vegetable is packed with a surprising amount of goodness. Plus – if you happen to have a hangover on New Years Day – these smoothies also make a fabulous hangover cure.
Hot Superfood Tip: Add some Spirulina powder to a Kale smoothies to make you feel even more superhuman!
What is Kale?
Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:
Kale or borecole (Brassica oleracea Acephala Group) is a vegetable with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms of vegetables.
Firstly, this is what Kale looks like
You should be able to buy Kale at your local supermarket. I get mine from my local greengrocer whose veggies are much crisper, fresher and more organic than their supermarket equivalent. Plus – I have a nice chat with my greengrocer and talking to real people always makes my day!
Among the most nutrient rich veggies on the planet!
According to Authority Nutrition Kale is extremely high in nutrients and a single cup of Kale is packed with Vitamin A, K, C, B6, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, Potassium and magnesium – in that order of density. One cup of Kale only contains 33 calories, 6 grames and carbs and 3 grams of protein – so in short, you can go sick eating this superfood without thinking about weight gain.
Other benefits include:
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Can lower cholesterol
- An amazing source of Vitamin K
- Has cancer fighting qualities
- High in minerals most people are deficient in
- Improves your eyesight
- Helps weight loss
- Is detoxifying
Budgeting for your smoothies
I wanted to get right into my smoothies this summer without spending a lot of money. This comprehensive collection of smoothie recipes with Kale will make it easy for you to stick to your budget because you won’t have to go out and buy a bunch of different ingredients for the week just to enjoy your nutrient dense smoothie. So yes – this week’s smoothie base is KALE!
More to come! And enjoy your daily Kale smoothie this week. I’m feeling great.