According to the experts, kale trumps many other green leafy vegetables; it’s high in fiber, low in calories, and rich in nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin K, sulforaphane, indole 3 carbinol, beta carotene, magnesium, and potassium. Kale also contains anti-aging antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, and contains over 45 different flavanoids.
It’s also part of the cruciferous vegetable family and has been linked to decreasing the risk of cancer.
Wow, it seems that kale is equivalent to the Grand Poobah – for those of you old enough to remember that reference, you know what I mean.
All of kale’s positive attributes may be true, BUT that doesn’t mean we should eat it at every meal, every day of the year.
I know folks that put kale into their breakfast smoothie, eat a massaged kale salad for lunch, and then dine on Grilled fish and sautéed garlicky kale for dinner.
This is kale overkill!
The truth is, eating that much kale can have a negative impact on your health. Some people can develop kidney stones and/or gallstones due to the high oxalate content.
I knew one student who refused to stop drinking kale smoothies because she thought they were good for her. She developed large gallstones, and eventually had her gallbladder removed. Another student developed kidney stones from juicing kale every day, three times per day, for an entire year. It took an emergency-room visit to the hospital to help him come to his senses and get off the kale!
First of all, the seasons and nature (my own personal experts), advise that kale is not available ALL year round. Nor should it be.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “Kale is a hardy, cool-season green that is part of the cabbage family. It grows best in the spring and fall and can tolerate all fall frosts.” This tells me that kale is one of the best greens to eat when the weather is cold or cool.
As we move into the blistering heat of summer, kale would probably not be the best choice.
There are many other vegetables (and fruits) that need to be rotated into the diet for us to achieve vibrant health vitality, and to help us feel balanced and satisfied.
It’s as if the cycles and the seasons in nature have put human beings onto a natural rotation diet so that we would eat a wider variety of foods throughout the year, and NOT the same food over and over again. As in the case of kale.
So… what kind of foods could be rotated into the diet when we take a kale break during the summer months?
Here’s an example of a fun, delicious and nutrient rich, cooling salad that can satisfy you and help naturally support your body during the summer: