ingredient spotlight: kale!
delicious and nutritious? kale yeah!
Kale is everywhere these days. Whether it's your neighbor sharing her kale chip recipe or a colleague eating a kale salad for lunch, the leafy green vegetable has risen to popularity seemingly out of nowhere. Although it may seem like a fad right now, kale has been a dietary staple for hundreds of years all over the world.
We're big fans of kale here at Juice Bar, in fact we have a section of our menu dedicated to green juices! Whether you're looking for something sweet like our Pineapple Greens, or for an energy boost from our Mean Greens, we'd bet we have something with kale that you'll love.
You probably already knew that kale was good for you, but did you know that it is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet? In fact, by consuming just 2 cups of kale weekly as suggested by the USDA dietary guidelines, you get more than 100% of some key vitamins and nutrients like vitamins A, K, and C. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Let's take a look at just a few of the many benefits of kale.
BENEFITS OF kale
Kale has so many nutrition benefits that it would almost be shorter to list the things it DOESN'T do, but here are some of the highlights:
Strong Bones - A single 2-cup serving of raw kale provides your entire recommended daily intake of vitamin K. Your body uses vitamin K to activate a range of proteins, including proteins needed for bone development.
Healthy Blood - healthy vitamin K levels also ensure that your body can form blood clots needed to prevent excessive bleeding. Kale also contains vitamin A, which helps you make red blood cells -- the cells that carry oxygen to your tissues.
Metabolism Booster - Kale provides beneficial copper, a mineral important for your metabolism. Copper activates an enzyme, called cytochrome c oxidase, that allows your cells to convert nutrients into usable energy.
Super Skin - Your body can use vitamin A to maintain healthy skin cell function, which not only benefits your skin's appearance, but ensures that your skin forms a strong barrier against infection.
Eye Health - Kale contains 11 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin per serving. This provides most of the 12 milligrams recommended daily by the American Optometric Association. Both lutein and zeaxanthin aid in eye function, and filter light as it enters your eye to protect the delicate tissues inside your eyes from damage. A diet rich in lutein and zeaxanthin promotes long-term visual health and reduces your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
come Taste for yourself!
Come in to your local Juice Bar and try any of these menu items featuring kale:
kale quinoa bowl