Vegetable of the Month: Kale
Kale is a very interesting vegetable that has received plenty of hype during the last few years. Why the hype? It’s an amazing superfood that’s packed with antioxidants and nutrients! In just one cup of raw kale you not only have just 33 calories but also 684% of vitamin K, 134% of vitamin C, 206% of Vitamin A plus iron, folate, omega-3s, magnesium, calcium, iron, fiber and 2 grams of protein. Tell me another vegetable with those types of numbers! And there are so many different ways to prepare this vegetable to taste amazing, too. Throw it in a smoothie, sauté it in a stir-fry, add to a salad and even transform it to chips that are absolutely delicious! If you’ve been on the fence to try or add this into your diet, now is the time!
Fruit of the Month: Cranberries
When you think of cranberries most of us think of Thanksgiving (and perhaps other holidays) and it ends there. But did you know that years ago cranberries served as both food and medicine to Native Americans due to their anti-inflammatory properties? This little fruit can do a big world of good for your health. However, I’m not talking about consuming cranberry juice or dried cranberries—the sugar content in those is very high and should be limited. I’m talking about the actual berry. These berries protect against urinary tract infections, are great for the immune system, and have anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits. This fruit is very tart so when preparing combine it with other fruits like oranges, apples, etc. I love to throw them in a smoothie or in oatmeal.