For the Love of Kale

kale Summary

Kale has been making the rounds for the last few years as one of the top super foods, and for good reason. Kale is a proverbial powerhouse of nutrients, packing 134 percent of the daily value of vitamin C, 684 percent of vitamin K, 206 percent of vitamin A, and 9 percent of calcium in just one cup. There are also copious stores of potassium, iron, phosphorus, and copper. When juiced, some of these nutrients may be lost, but you will still be well on your way to receiving healthy doses of essential vitamins and minerals for the day. Kale is also relatively inexpensive, with a bunch of organic kale costing around $2.50 at most grocery stores. Kale is a hearty vegetable, and thrives in cooler temperatures, making it easy to grow or find year round.

Kale has been linked to many health benefits, including lowered risk of developing cancer. Kale is beneficial to eye health, cardiovascular health, detoxification, and works as an anti-inflammatory. Kale is also mild-flavored compared to most other hearty greens, so when it is added to juices it only adds a mild earthy flavor and of course the signature dark green color. Adding kale to juices is a good way to sneak greens into children’s diets or to add a nutritional boost to your own. This recipe will add a burst of sweetness, but pack a megadose of leafy green health from the copious amounts of kale. The cucumber will help with hydration and add necessary liquid to the thick texture of the juice from the kale and pears.

Sweet Kale Pear Recipe 

  • 10 organic kale leaves
  • 2 Bartlett pears
  • 1 cucumber

  • Wash all produce thoroughly
  • Remove pear stem
  • Juice cucumber, then pears, then kale
  • Pour into serving glass
  • Drink immediately for best results