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    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Green Thinking

    I've been eating a lot of kale recently and it feels like a good thing. I put it in greens-focused healing broths with seaweed and rice noodles. I'll post that recipe later this week. It's a great 'healthy' instant noodle soup to eat at work. All you need to do is add boiling water.

    Kale is packed with nutrients: calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K. It has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein.

    Yesterday I fried up some kale with olive oil, red onion, and garlic. Once everything was gently wilted, I tossed in a can of mixed beans (rinsed and drained.) You could use any beans you want, but I'd suggest a white bean variety. I tossed everything around, threw a little extra olive oil on and turned off the heat. A couple splashes of red wine vinegar topped it off plus a generous smattering of salt and pepper. Optional: I added some chopped parsley and cilantro for freshness, but everything tasted plenty delicious without.

    I plan to eat the beans and kale along with a simple toasted curry quinoa.

    I don't know what it is with the greens, but I want them all the time! In wintertime, I find it harder to eat cold, floppy salads. I want hot, hardy, chewy greens: beet greens, collards, kale, bok choy, seaweed - the darker and more evil-looking, the more I want it.

    You fry, braise and roast these delicious hardy greens. I find them so versatile and often toss them into things as a game time decision.

    A lot of people make greens a target point for their diets, and not just an accompaniment. My brother, the raw vegan, purchases blocks of frozen spinach to be the principal ingredient in his signature 'green smoothies'. I, personally, use frozen wheatgrass juice packets or dehydrated wheatgrass powder to ingest first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

    In the past I've used green supplements such as Greens+ as well as a very affordable Trader Joe's greens formula ($9.99 USD). I would usually incorporate these powder mixed into a power smoothie to have for breakfast.

    My thinking in taking these supplements in addition to my regular (generally very healthy) diet is that they are easily absorbed into the body first thing in the morning.

    The likelihood of me having a morning salad on a weekday is unlikely and the effect of greens in the morning is a wondrous thing.

    This movement toward eating more greens relates to the fact that greens contain chrlorophyll and help to cleanse our bodies. We hear a lot of people talking about  severe cleanses where they rid their bodies of impurities. Why not give the body a gentle, regular cleanse by focusing on leafy green vegetables?

    I'd love to hear your thoughts and personal stories on green living. Do you think most of us could do with more green in our diets? Do you ever drink green smoothies or make morning salads?

    Please enjoy the video below by Meghan Telpner, who is a certified Nutritionist and Holistic LifeStyle consultant. (She does those great videos for The Appetizer, National Post Online.)

    In this segment, she demonstrates how to make kale chips!

    4 comments:

    Ken Hall said...

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    Jess Bennett said...

    Thank you spammykins. I already use wheatgrass. I get the powdered version from Wholefoods and it lasts a long time and isn't as expensive when compared to the fresh stuff.

    j. said...

    Cool coincidence, I just used kale for the first time in a raw green smoothie... It was tasty and not as bitter as I was expecting. Yum!

    Jess Bennett said...

    Genius! I have not yet put kale into a smoothie, but I will now. Thanks for the tip, J. I'm getting a green craving just thinking about it.

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