Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Big Green Hump: Week 3

Wow, I can't believe we are on week 3 already. Time flies when you are starving and in agony...or something. Today I offer up for your enjoyment, a VERY green smoothie. Don't be turned off by the color though! This one is excellent tasting and really healthy.

Today's featured green is kale, and guess what people? Kale kicks some serious ass.  Apparently, kale is the kung fu master of green, leafy veggies. Here's a paragraph from the kind people at Vita-mix about the many benefits of kale:

"Kale is a form of cabbage and related to broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. It is very low in calories and contains more nutrients than most other greens. Kale is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is essential for bone and blood health, and helps by mediating coagulation and anticoagulation. Sulforaphane is a chemical found in kale and also sprouts and broccoli. A study published in Drug Discovery Today found that sulforaphane may help stop breast cancer cells from growing. The University of Texas conducted a study and found that a diet rich in kale may prevent bladder cancer by up to 29%. Kale may also help ovarian cancer too. The Nurse’s Health Study observed that women whose diets provided the most kaempferol, a flavonoid found in kale, had a 40% reduction in risk of ovarian cancer. By supplying the body with plenty of calcium, copper and manganese, kale may help absorb iron and prevent bone loss."

Sounds like a seriously healthy plant, right? So, without further ado, I offer up this new smoothie recipe, for your drinking pleasure:

"It Won't Kale You"

-2 frozen bananas
-3 oranges
-2 big leaves of kale (stem included)
-1 tbsp raw agave nectar
-4 cups cold water

Blend it up and enjoy. Then congratulate yourself for being so ridiculously healthy. You deserve it.

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