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Kale is a nutritional Superstar with these three major components: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, much needed micro nutrients and cancer-preventive nutrients.
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Nutrients
In addition to conventional antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese, kale also provides us with at least 45 different flavonoids, including kaempferol and quercetin. Many of the flavonoids in kale are known to function as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds.
Fiber and Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fiber and omega-3s are two macronutrients provided by kale in impressive amounts. It only takes 200 calories worth of kale to provide 14 grams of fiber. From less than 100 calories worth of kale, we can get over 350 milligrams of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the basic building block for all omega-3 fats.
Kale is an especially rich source of glucosinolates, and once kale is eaten and digested, these glucosinolates can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds.
Also worth noting kale contains nearly twice the amount of vitamin K as most of its fellow cruciferous vegetables.
In addition, kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and manganese. Also being a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin B2, iron, magnesium, vitamin B1, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, protein, folate, and niacin.
For Babies: Steam and puree kale, we suggest you use a baby food mill. Freeze in 2-4 oz. baby freezing trays (made specifically for baby food that is safe for freezing and heating for sterilization). Combine with organic infant multigrain cereal.
When you are just plain tuckered out or for when you are planing for a long day you can also use the popular Sili Squeeze and pair it with organic Green Puffs for a wholesome snack. Other combinations suggested include: broccoli, blueberries, bananas, peaches. Suit to your babies liking.
Prenatal and Lactating Women: We recommend steaming kale for five minutes. Enjoy kale and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times a week, serving size two cups.
If kale just so happens to be unappealing to you during your pregnancy you can always choose to receive the benefits of kale with food based multivitamins such as Prenatal Multivitamins and Embrace Prenatal 35+, both by Rainbow Light and Certified Organic.