Kale and pomegranate are two foods that have been dubbed “super foods”. This is because of the fact that they are so healthy. Here is a simple, healthy, tasty recipe that combines the flavors and benefits of both.
Kale (4 large leaves)
Extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons
Juice of 1 lemon
2 large tomatoes, deseeded, diced
Arils of 1/2 pomegranate
- Cut the leaves away from the tough stems. Wash leaves and pat dry with a paper towel. Finely slice kale leaves and place in a large bowl.
- Add extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Toss lemon juice into the kale (the more you toss the kale it will help to soften it). Leave to stand for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, de-seed and dice the tomatoes, and remove arils from the pomegranate.
- Toss tomato and pomegranate seeds with the kale and season to taste with more salt if needed. And it’s ready to be served!
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION PER SERVING
CARBS 11.6 g
SUGAR 5.6 g
TOTAL FAT 7.2 g
Health benefits of Kale
In recent times kale has become a very popular food, and if you are familiar with the health benefits of consuming it you may understand why. Here is a brief list of the benefits to your diet. Kale is:
- Low in calories, high in fiber and has zero fat. 1 cup 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 is one of the easiest ways to help with constipation. It contains nutrients like, antioxidants, vitamins A, C and K, folate and magnesium. Just adding it to your meals would help keep you fuller longer and maybe keep that New Year resolution.
- High in iron, it has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for the formation of haemoglobin and enzymes. Which is needed for cell growth and proper liver function.
- High in Vitamin K which has been known to protect against various cancers. Vitamin K is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K has been known to help some people suffering from Alzheimer’s.
- Filled with antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
- A great anti-inflammatory. 1 cup of kale is filled with 10% of the recommended daily allowance of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and other autoimmune disorders.
- Great for cardiovascular support, eating it can help lower cholesterol levels.
- High in Vitamin A, which is great for your vision, skin and preventing lung and oral cavity cancers.
- High in Vitamin C, which is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and hydration.
- High in calcium, pound per pound it has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism.
- A great as a detox food, filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping the liver healthy.
January 2017 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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