Kale has become one of my favorite vegetables to juice.  When I was going through some health issues, I started juicing to help my body become more alkaline.  I’ve tried a lot of varieties of kale and the standard “curly” kale is my favorite for juicing.  Black kale is a great addition to salads.

My favorite green juice recipe simply uses a number of dark green veggies:

2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
4 stalks of organic curly kale
3 stalks of organic celery
1-2 organic whole carrots (cut in smaller pieces for easy juicing)
1/2 organic cucumber (if not organic, peel cucumber)
1″ of peeled ginger root

Add each vegetable to your juicer and enjoy. Makes 2 8 oz. servings.

Kale has many health benefits. It is rich in numerous vitamins and minerals. It’s high in Vitamins K, C, and A. It is a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.  A section of the article on kale from LiveScience.com is included below. The link to the full article on the wonderful benefits of kale is at the bottom of this post.

Kale: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts

Kale is a leafy green that appears on many lists of trendy superfoods, and probably with good reason.  Kale is highly nutritious, containing high levels of vitamins, minerals, and brain-boosting phytonutrients.

Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts, arugula and collard greens. Kale is easy to grow and generally inexpensive. It’s one of the simplest crops for local farmers to grow, thriving in small plots of land and personal gardens, according to the National Kale Day website…

Tina Paymaster, a certified health and lifestyle coach and an “ambassador” for National Kale Day, listed heart health, detoxing, bone health, skin health and cancer and diabetes prevention as among kale’s many benefits…

Paymaster provided with some suggestions for preparing kale:

“There are many ways to incorporate kale into your diet. You can blend it into smoothies, soups or sauces, sauté it with other vegetables in a stir-fry, massage it with a bit of olive oil and sea salt for the base of a green salad, bake it into frittatas, lasagnas or burgers and, of course, make kale chips!” she said. “You can use kale the same way you would use any other green. To make it easier, look at what you already cook and figure out how you can incorporate kale into those recipes. Get creative and have fun with it!”

(See nutrient chart on kale from LiveScience.com here.)

Read more here: Kale: Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts | LiveScience.com

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