Monday, June 24, 2013

All Hail the Mighty Kale!

Oh Kale Chips, how I love you!   Especially the Living Zen Raw Chips!  They are addicting, very very addicting.  Made with Kale, tahini, apple cider vinegar, tamari, leaks, lemon, nutritional yeast, garlic, flaxseed, they offer an amazing taste and a hearty crunch.

These kale chips are made by Zen Buddhist Monks in Hamtramck at the Detroit Zen Center

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I found these tasty kale chips at Goodwell's Market  on Willis St. in Detroit(one of my favorites written about in a previous post) and went back multiple times in one week to buy a bag, which I would eat in one sitting (yes, I have a problem, but at least I admit it).  They are sooooooo good.

They are worth the price, trust me.  

Last summer, in the midst of my kale chip addiction, they stopped selling them in stores and devoted their time to selling them at farmers markets only.  So, I would hit the market (Eastern Market in Detroit) as soon as I could only to find that they were SOLD OUT.  This was a hard time for me.  Then something magical happened.  I found them on Amazon!  YAY!

Although, they are once again back on the shelves at Goodwell;s Market.  I am assuming that the in store demand was high enough to deliver the product back to the stores.  So, you can find them there as well.

So, why eat kale chips?  Let's review the benefits of Kale.

1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below. (obviously the nutrition content is different when you put things on it and make it into a chip)

2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.

3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.

5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.

7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.

8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility

10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifyingyour body and keeping your liver healthy.

1 comment:

  1. YUM! I will have to pick some up...I love Kale chips and even more when I don't have to make them myself!