With cold and flu season upon us you can help to boost your immune system with a simple smoothie in the morning for breakfast, post-workout snack, or mid-afternoon energy boost. I’ve pulled together some of the most powerful plant foods and whirled them together for this incredible Antioxidant-Power Kale Smoothie.
If you were in the dark before, Kale holds its own among fellow members of the Brassica family. It is a fantastic low-calorie green and provides an excellent source of both vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and C, along with a decent amount of fiber.
Kale also delivers vitamin B6, which helps maintain healthy nervous and immune systems, as well as iron and calcium. Did you know that our bodies can better absorb the calcium in kale than in spinach, as it has less oxalic acid, a substance that can disrupt the nutrient’s absorption? Kale’s vitamin K content, essential for proper blood clotting, far surpasses that of broccoli, spinach, and Swiss chard.
Like brocolli, brussels sprouts and kohlrabi, kale delivers a hearty dose of sulforaphanes. These anticancer, antimicrobial compounds have been shown to suppress tumor growth by raising the body’s levels of cancer-fighting enzymes. Pretty cool if you ask me!
Pairing kale with the antioxidant-power of black currant juice makes for one super-food smoothie. Black currants provide four times more vitamin C than oranges, twice the potassium of bananas, and double the antioxidants found in blueberries. In addition, they are a great source of phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B5.
Black currants also help to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis and vascular conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and glaucoma. Tufts University has also found black currants play a preventative role in the treatment of Alzheimers Disease.
With a week of delicious Kale recipes under your belt, you’ve been equipped to tackle this nutritious green in your own kitchen. Remember to leave a comment below and enter to win 100% baby kale and other treats from Organicgirl. Ready, set, go!
Antioxidant Boost Kale Smoothie // serves 2
1 cup Almond milk
1 cup black currant juice
1 cup packed chopped 100% baby kale
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
juice of 1 lime
Stevia to taste
Beginning with the almond milk, combine all ingredients into a high power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.