Kale has become the darling of the health world; kale shakes, kale challenges, #kaleeverydamnday. But those of you juicing kale and eating kale chips all day, listen up!
One of the big reasons kale and all leafy greens are so recommended is that they are loaded up with good doses of fat soluble vitamins A, E, D and K, and an array of minerals. Fat soluble means these vitamins NEED dietary fat in the digestive tract to be properly absorbed and utilized.
MEANING, If you are drinking your greens in the form of pressed or extracted juices, you may be letting many of these nutrients slip by without a healthy source of fat to assist in their absorption!
SOLUTION! Add some healthy fat to your meals, snacks, or juices with greens. Add coconut oil to your green drink; cook your greens in butter or bacon fat. Yup, bacon fat.
And why not try a few different types of greens this week to change up your nutrient profile? The levels of vitamins and minerals vary slightly from one green leafy vegetable to the next, and you'll keep your palate interested using new things! A few hints: Collards are delicious cooked, but a little too fibrous and chunky for most smoothies. Mustard greens are more bitter, so try in juices that contain a little apple or banana to cut the sharpness, or cook them. Try a mix, like using the greens you might normally throw away from broccoli, beet tops, and chard in a combo blend.
JBG's Coco-Loco Green Drink:
2 big leaves swiss chard
2 cups spinach
2 - 1 inch pieces frozen green banana
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 Tablespoon cacao powder
1 Tablespoon Maca powder
1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
3-4 cubes of ice
water to desired consistency
Blend ingredients until smooth - serves 2