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In the Spotlight: All Hail to Kale!

Raise your hand if you know what kale is?! Anyone?

Today, our vegetable in the spotlight is a shy little fellow by the name of kale. He often hides behind his friends romaine and spinach on the produce aisle but rarely gets much attention.

So kale is a leafy green that may not be the most commonly used but sure has made a name for itself. It has been rated a superfood and one of the healthiest veggies for you because it is LOADED with wonderful nutrients. Scientists have also found components that may actually help the liver neutralize cancerous material. Some specific nutritious benefits of kale include an abundance of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene, which aids in eye health), vitamin B6, and vitamin C (helps fight colds). Calcium, potassium, and alpha-linolenic acid (the plant version of Omega-3 fatty acids) are just a few more of the many nutrients found in this wonderful veggie.

Kale is darker in color and has a stronger and sometimes more bitter taste than other greens. It can be cooked in a variety of ways but maintains the most nutrition when eaten raw (this goes for all fruits and veggies). Because of its more bitter taste, serving a salad of only fresh kale to your guests might not be the smartest move if your cooking to impress. However, mixing some kale leaves with your typical dinner salad will provide you and your guests with plenty of the many nutrients that kale offers while balancing out the stronger taste.

So bottom line: eat kale.

Here is a fantastic link to a blog written by a nutritionist and cancer survivor. It is actually a blog dedicated to the wonderfulness of kale! She writes more about its benefits, research that has been done on it, and TONS of recipes that incorporate kale! How many other vegetables do you know that have a whole blog devoted to them! … http://www.365daysofkale.com/

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In the spotlight:

I will be featuring foods and exercises that deserve a little extra attention and possibly a big standing O…

Today’s in the spotlight is the one and only Sweet Potato!!! Those of you that know me personally know about my new found love for these tasty little veggies. MmmMmm! All it takes is about 45 minutes in the oven on 375 (don’t forget to poke it all over and put it on a cookie sheet) and you have yourself a treat! Don’t go adding any butter or sugar because it doesn’t need it! Try to appreciate it for it’s pure and sweet natural taste. If you’re as bold and daring as I, try it for breakfast with a glass of cold milk!

So why is Mr. Sweet Potato in the spotlight today? Well, let me just count the reasons!
1. It’s full of Antioxidants – Vitamin A (beta-carotene) and Vitamin C. These work in the body to get rid of free radicals. This, in turn, prevents the development of conditions such as colon cancer and diabetic heart disease
2. It is a great source of dietary fiber
3. It is naturally Sweet
4. Finally, it is a good source of copper, vitamin B6, potassium, and iron

Here’s an article that covers the fullness of the sweet potatoes benefits:
www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64

Another way to enjoy this tasty treat:
Puree it and add it to bananas, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Top it off with walnuts or pecans.

So raise your glasses to the sweet potato and make sure to leave room for one on your plate at your next meal!

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