Whenever I hear someone say “I hate kale” I think to myself .. you haven’t tried THIS Thai kale salad yet. And guess what .. yet to meet someone who hasn’t liked it. This will literally change your mind on Kale.
There is something about the amazing thai flavours in this kale salad and the amount of moistness, the tough nature of the kale just melts away. It really does taste like a thai salad – the flavours are exceptional. Especially with the cashews, which you can always substitute for Almonds, but you really can’t beat the cashew thai flavour. Delicous.
Kale was one of the first of the ‘superfoods’ and all jokes of “kale weetbix” aside, it’s a healthy little critter that would do wonders on your fortnightly rotation. After all, a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables are what we are after to make sure you’re really digesting all the different and so important vitamins and minerals. As always, eating seasonal is key.
If you google Kale you’ll read statements like ‘the healthiest food on earth” and countless other excitable claims. Is it really worth all the hype? Quite possibly! Kale is from the cruciferous family of vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, which have the most Vitamins A, C, folate and fibre you will find in any vegetable. When it comes to that Vitamin A and C content, Kale is choc full of these antioxidant power houses. Antioxidants are important as they mop up all the free radicals in your body which attack healthy cells and cause diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. So antioxidants are your friend. We need to eat foods rich in these. Kale is a good example. Kale has a really high Vitamin K content which is necessary for blood clotting and bone health. It also has a terrific bioavailability of nutrients which means that they are easily absorbed by the body. Sometimes foods are rich in nutrients but they are difficult for your body to break down and absorb. Not so with Kale. The fibre content per gram is also exceptional and a good intake of daily fibre is also linked to a lower risk of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.. so fibre is also our friend.
I’m told that to achieve the best nutritional value from Kale, and aid in it’s digestion, you should lightly steam it before eating. This is the best way to enhance it’s cholesterol lowering superpowers as the steaming allows the fibre in kale to better bind to the bile acids in your digestive tract during digestion. As a result, fibre lost from your body will take the bile with it. Which is great as your body needs and uses cholesterol to produce more bile to replace it, so cholesterol levels are reduced as a result. This recipe doesn’t ask for steamed kale but there’s no harm in trying. Just lightly.
Other nutrients on the Kale Scorecard are Manganese (Blood sugar control and bone production), copper, vitamin B6 (needed to metabolise carbohydrates, for healthy red blood cell production, and for brain and nervous system health), Calcium, Potassium and magnesium, iron, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, B2 and B3, Omega 3 fats. That’s quite impressive.
So back to the taste of kale. I promise you that this recipe will prompt second serves – you’ll never look at Kale in the same light again
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