Dark Leafy Greens: An Essential Superfood

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Kale
This dark leafy green now tops the list in produce popularity. Previously sold mostly in health food stores, it is now easy to find in your local grocer. Kale is ... more 
Photo by: freedigitalphotos.net
Kale
This dark leafy green now tops the list in produce popularity. Previously sold mostly in health food stores, it is now easy to find in your local grocer. Kale is a great source of Vitamins A, C, and K, plus it contains calcium and potassium. Additionally, kale contains carotenoids - specifically, lutein and zeaxathin. Consuming both may help prevent Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This green is not only delicious when steamed, but it makes a fantastic crunchy chip. Tear the leaves into small pieces, drizzle a bit of olive oil or lemon juice and sprinkle the kale with your favorite spice blend. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and - voila! You have crunchy kale chips. While many supermarkets carry a variety of commercial kale chips, be wary of their fat content. Some kale chip brands are loaded with extra calories due to the fat in the flavors added.

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Thu, Sep 27, 2012 8:29 AM EDT
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