Make Room for this Super Food in Your Diet


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Kale – Deliciously Healthy Salad

We know…there’s a new “super” food every other day, but kale is one that you should certainly add to your grocery list.

One of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, kale offers an incredible array of benefits.  And it has a benefit that you may not think of at first: it’s tasty.  At least it is when you prepare it well!

So why eat kale?  Why not stick with your old iceberg lettuce?  Unlike lettuce, which is  mostly water, kale is packed with an impressive list of nutrients.  It has over 45 different flavonoids, with include kaempferol and quercetin.  It’s not important to necessarily know these specific flavonoids – but you’ll want to know about the benefits to your health.  They combine the power of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.  Green leafy kale has been shown to have the following benefits:

•It lowers cholesterol, especially if you steam it.
•It lowers the risk of at least five different types of cancer, including cancers of the bladder, colon, ovary, breast, and prostate.
•It detoxes the body at a genetic level.  Everyone can use a good cleanse, and besides being good for the body itself, it is excellent for a healthy appearance.  Yes, kale can help your natural beauty shine a little brighter.
•Kale can help prevent chronic inflammation.
•It can help us avoid oxidative stress, which is a factor in things like heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

An added benefit: kale is very easy to grow and is a hardy plant. Some varieties even take a frost or two and keep producing wonderful leaves.  Whether you plant it or buy it, though, cooking it properly is essential.  As mentioned, steaming it is great.  Add a little butter and you have an excellent side dish.  You can eat it raw, chopped small, in salads.  You can eat it
in soups or baked dishes where you would use spinach.  You can sauté it in butter and garlic…the list is endless and delicious.

This recipe for kale chips will get you started.  You will need:

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Curly Leaf Kale

•    A bunch of kale.
•    A tablespoon of olive oil.
•    A teaspoon of seasoned salt.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.

Get rid of the stems (the stems can be a bit tough and woody) and tear the leaves into pieces that are just bite-sized.  Wash the kale, and dry it with a salad spinner or paper towel.  Then drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Bake them for about 10-15 minutes or until the edges are brown.  They’ll satisfy a need for crunch, like a potato chip, but your body will like it a whole lot better.

Cut Some Sugar and Excess Fat, Then Enjoy These Things

Regular physical activity plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight. Avoiding fatty foods and high-calorie sweets helps. You also need to burn more calories than you eat to keep the pounds off. Exercise burns calories, but some people don’t have time for regular fitness workouts.

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Besides, exercise can be boring at times. However, there are ways to enjoy exercise through simple daily activities. Trying some of these activities at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week can make exercise fun.

Brisk walking is an excellent aerobic exercise to help you breathe faster and more deeply, improving the capacity of your lungs. You keep the heart pumping to make it work more efficiently. Take morning walks or walk around the block. If you love to shop, shopping malls are great areas to walk. Some malls open early before the stores open just to allow people to get in some walking exercise.

Swimming and doing water aerobics help burn calories whether in your own pool or at a local center. It also builds muscle mass. Joining a group of people in a water aerobics program is also fun. Exercising with other swimmers or friends makes exercise time go by fast.

Get active with your kids, grandkids or the neighborhood kids with physical games. Play tag or run races. Don’t be just in charge. Get involved and the kids will love it, too. People worry that many children have become overweight because they don’t exercise enough. When they realize how much fun it is, you’ll be helping them and you.

As springtime approaches, gardening and landscaping can play a larger part of your daily routine. When you do regular yard work, you are burning a lot of calories. From raking leaves to trimming bushes to moving dirt around, you will be working up a sweat and enjoying it. Gardening is not only good exercise, but it also provides you with fresh vegetables for your healthy diet.

Dancing is great exercise to burn calories. You don’t have to join a dance class, although that’s a great way to stay fit. You can dance at home to your favorite music. You’ll be surprised how much activity goes into it and you’ll feel a physical boost afterwards. Have your spouse, children or friends join you.

Bike riding is another aerobic activity that aids the heart and lungs while contributing to weight loss. A stationary bicycle makes a healthy addition to a weight loss program, but some people get bored easily. Biking around the neighborhood, through the park or to and from work or events makes it an enjoyable activity.