Tag Archives: leafy green vegetables

Food of the Week: Kale

28 Feb

Although kale is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet, not a lot of people know what it is.

Kale contains twice the antioxidants present in other leafy greens, it is high in vitamin K, C and A and in minerals like folate, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron and copper.

It is also high in fiber and protein.

Kale has proven to prevents cardiovascular disease, cancer, eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. It is protective against high blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis. Maintains healthy skin, stimulates the immune system and activates the body’s detoxification enzymes.

Kale is rich in sulphoraphane, a phytochemical known to inhibit the growth of H. pylori, the bacteria linked to stomach and duodenal ulcers.

I love kale in juices and salads!

Kale Salad with Cashews and Mustard Dressing

This is my favorite salad!

1 bunch kale, stems removed

1 avocado, cubed

1 handful cashew nuts

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon, juiced

Salt and pepper

In a small bowl add garlic, mustard, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and mix. Add to kale, avocado and cashews and enjoy!

Remember… Eat healthy, be happy!

Pregnancy: Folic Acid

18 Jan

Folic Acid is very important in preventing neural tube defects in babies. I get asked a lot by pregnant women about good sources of folic acid. Here are a few:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Rice
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Orange juice

Although these are good sources of folic acid I have to recommend taking a supplement as well. We really don’t want to risk it when it comes to brain and spine development.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommend 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per day to all women of childbearing age. Make sure you are getting enough folic acid before getting pregnant and for at least 3 months into the pregnancy.