August 2015 Newsletter

Why Kale is Good for You

Brassica oleracea, better known as kale, is a nutritious leafy vegetable that contains a plethora of nutrients and vitamins. Kale belongs to the Brassica family, of which includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and collards.

 

Four Types of Kale

Curly kale has ruffled leaves and a stalk, which is often dark green. Curly kale has a sharp taste and a hint of a bitter pepper taste.

Ornamental kale contains beautiful leaves that can appear to be green, white, or purple. Its flavor is smooth and rich, bringing a pleasant flavor.

Dinosaur kale, also known as Lacinato or Tuscan kale, contains blue-green leaves. Its flavor is sweet and surpasses Curly kale in having a delicate taste.

Russian kale is one of the more popular kales in New Jersey due to its surprising sweet flavor. Its bright red-violet leaves make it more appealing.

Kale can be found in the market annually, however it is in season from the middle of winter through the beginning of spring, typically having a sweeter taste and is widely available. When purchasing kale, look for firm, rich colored leaves and hardy stems. Kale should be kept in a cool environment since warm environments can cause the leaves to wilt and therefore decrease its flavor.

 

The Scientific Benefits of Kale

 

 

 

 


Kale provides an abundant amount of vitamins. This chart above shows the nutrients that are found in one cup of kale after it is steamed for 5 minutes. Steaming the kale releases many more nutrients stored within this fibrous vegetable.

Easy Kale Recipies

Here are two simple and healthy kale recipes for you to try at home:

Kale Chips

Ingredients

Directions

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

 

Kale and Apple Salad

Ingredients

Directions

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Inactive: 10 minutes

Author
Mahmood Siddique Board certified physician Mahmood I. Siddique, DO, FACP, FCCP, FAASM, takes a modern, holistic approach to caring for his patients at Sleep and Wellness Medical Associates in Hamilton, New Jersey. He believes medicine is most effective when it considers not just the patient’s symptoms, but the broader connections among their overall physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being.

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