To be honest, I have never tried Kale until a couple years ago when all of a sudden, everything was about kale, kale, kale. I saw it on instagram, it was like an #instagramhusband, but more like #instagramacessory. I started to pay attention to it in farmers markets, and eventually, wanted it on my plates and in my juices too !
So what is Kale really ? We all sort of know it's this super food that has a million health benefits. I swear to god I'm not the only one who didn't bother to do much research and just thought, "who cares, it's known to be healthy, so I'll just eat it".
I am, of course, not that person anymore after I become obsessed with juicing and making smoothies, and gradually feeling all the health benefits different ingredients bring me. So here's a little break down on what Kale is really good for :
Kale has been more common in Europe but has becoming more and more popular in North America. It hails from the cabbage family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and collards !
- It is very low in calorie (one cup of kale = 33 calories)
- It has ZERO fat and 5 grams of fiber
- But very high in protein ! In that same one cup, there is 3 grams of protein (who says it's hard for vegans to get protein again ?)
- Kale is extremely high in Iron. Per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef. Iron is an essential element for good health - it promotes liver function, cell growth, transporting oxygen within your body, and more.
- It is also rich in Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that you don't need to eat fish to obtain :)
- Kale is also high in Vitamin K, which is necessary for bone health and blood clotting.
- Can you believe, per calorie, Kale also has more calcium than milk ?
- It has powerful anti-oxidants and is hence a very ideal anti-inflammatory and detox ingredient.
- Kale is a great cancer fighting food and can really help lower cholesterol, which in turn promotes heart health.
We often see kale on salad plates. But to be honest, how much kale can you eat per meal ? This is why we include Kale in our juices and juice cleanses. Cold pressing kale is the best way to consume a huge amount of Kale in a convenient liquid form without compromising any loss of nutrients or having to endure oxidation.
ALL of our green cold pressed juices contains Kale, and they are made less grassy and more delicious by combining with other health giving ingredients. Now when you grab a jar of MELU juice, you'll know exactly what you are giving to your body :)