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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Kale, Kale, The Gang's All Here

Earlier this week, I ventured out to visit an MD whose practice is based on nutritional sciences. It was an interesting visit and a mixture of the allopathic world meeting nutrition. One of the tests that the doctor carried out was measuring the amount of phytochemicals in my body. Anything above 70,000 was considered excellent. So, as I put my hand over the machine (it seemed very Star Wars to me), you could see the machine recording. I was rooting for the kale measure in my body to put me into the Olympic Zone. I was hoping for a gold medal.

Finally, the machine finishes measuring, and I score a 75,000! What it said to me was that K-A-L-E, one of the richest nutrient dense foods was doing its "thang." Kale has gotten a bad rap, for years, it was a garnish, along with a wedge of fresh pineapple, say, on a deli platter. And, now, it has the premiere spot on my dish, the spotlight, the center stage. My new favorite food. I mix it in salads, put it into everything, even put it in my oatmeal! And, I love it.

Perhaps you are new to kale. And a great way to "get into it" is to shake your groove thing and make a Kale Shake. Here are two (2) different types of Kale Shakes...try them both.

By the way, the easiest way to make your shake portable is to use an old 32 ounce glass jar. You recycle, reuse, and the shake just seems to taste better in glass. Really.

Kale and Banana Shake

8 ounces of Almond Milk (unsweetened)
One very ripened frozen banana
One cup of kale (any kind)

I keep bananas in the freezer so that when I make them into a shake, a thickness is created from the frozen banana. Just throw everything into your blender, and blend until the kale is almost invisible. You'll have a beautiful and healthy green shake.

Kale and Carrot/Orange Juice Smoothie

Four ounces, each, of Carrot and Orange Juices
1/2 frozen banana
One cup of kale (any kind)

Throw everything into your blender. Blend until super smooth. This is VERY refreshing.

Tip of the Day: It's easier to smile and say "yes" to someone, even if you do not agree with them. Saves loads of energy, and you'll feel better, really. Go eat some Kale!


  1. Frozen bananas are so convenient. I also keep frozen berries on hand for my kale smoothies!!

  2. Hooked on Kale--it's great, isn't it?

  3. Hi Char,
    Thanks so much for your great inspiration. I'm working on this kale thing. Just made a quick and easy dish and wanted to share it. Just saute (in a little water) 1/2 thinly sliced onion and a chopped apple, until softened. Add a few big handfuls of chopped kale and some raisins. Steam until soft (15-20 minutes). Finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Enjoy! Yummy and easy!!

  4. Shelly--sounds great! We are having our FIRST "Club Vedge" for TM's this Friday and will be SKYPING with Rip Esselstyn. For $5, a great meal and we'll talk about our monthly potlucks. I LOVE KALE and am having an affair with it! Hope you are well. XO