V, VG, GF, DF. Serves 1
People always ask me if kale really is as healthy as everyone says, and the truth is, YES! It’s bloody good for you! Better than many other veggies too. Here's why...
It’s high in fibre for healthy bowel movements and balanced gut bacteria
It’s an excellent source of iron and calcium (who knew, right?)
It’s high in alkalising minerals, especially potassium
It’s rich in immune boosting vitamin C and beta carotene
It's high in Vitamin K which is tricky to find in other foods
It's VERY supportive of liver cleansing/detox
Also healthy cell cleansing and regneration
Obviously it's low in fat and sugar
I don’t think I need to say more, but…
Some people avoid eating kale because let’s face it, by itself, kale is not that appetising.
I created this recipe to help people push past the ‘yuck’ factor and get more kale into their lives.
Everyone who tries this recipe tells me they can’t believe how good it is!
Give it a go today!
WHAT YOU NEED:
A good big handful of well washed, very finely chopped kale leaves
A few tablespoons of well washed, very finely chopped parsley leaves
1 stick celery, washed and finely diced
1/2 small Lebanese cucumber, sliced
2-3 tablespoons chick peas
1/4 avocado, diced (optional)
1 big spoonful of hummus (make your own, make mine or buy one with the fewest preservatives)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt / celtic or good quality rock salt
Mixed sesame seeds to dress; I use black and white (optional)
WHAT TO DO:
Put all the veggies together in your serving bowl and mix well.
Sprinkle with a little salt, then pour in the lemon juice and add your drizzle of olive oil.
Top it with a tablespoon of hummus and sprinkle it with the sesame seeds.
Give it an extremely good mix before eating.
This makes 1 serve but you can adapt the recipe for more...
I normally have all the ingredients, washed, chopped and ready to use in my fridge. Then I can make this as a single serving for my lunch a few days in a row. You can also increase the ingredients to make it into a larger meal or table salad to share if you like.
Whole food principles in action…
The dish gives a beautiful balance of protein, fats and plant-based carbs.
It bolsters your daily fix of all the vitamin and mineral nutrients noted above and sets you well on your way to meeting your recommended daily servings of vegetables.
Aside from the fibre to cleanse your bowels, this meal contains a range of minerals, antioxidants and anti inflammatory compounds that help your liver cleanse your body and your bloodstream.
The addition of parsley and lemon help break down the tough kale leaves. Together, these add even more Vitamin C, improve digestion of the meal and make the iron in the kale and chickpeas more absorbable.
This is how wholefoods always complement healthy function in your body.
When you cook with wholefoods, the ingredients complement each other. They work together to increase the digestion, absorption and use of nutrients wherever they are needed in the body.
And that’s why wholefoods are amazing folks!
**If you want to learn more about cooking with wholefoods and using wholefoods for your health, the best way is to try one of my whole food programs. There you get recipes, cooking tips, education and of course, the experience of wholefoods in action.