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Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has been used in Chinese and Indian systems of medicine for thousands of years. Several studies have shown the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin (its active ingredient) to be comparable to prescription and OTC anti-inflammatory medicines.

It is also known to help

  • improve liver function
  • lower cholesterol
  • fight off Alzheimer’s

Turmeric is being widely studied for its cancer-fighting properties. Pairing it with kale, broccoli, or cauliflower may help prevent prostate cancer.

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Always add pepper

Treat your body to some food synergy magic by mixing turmeric with black pepper. The combo will help your body absorb 1000x more curcumin. A thousand.

Just a little bit.

Just a little please.

Buy organic turmeric and sprinkle some into curries and stir-fry dishes.

 

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Are you still ordering the house salad, thinking that you’re being healthy? You’d be better off chewing on some air, pal. As kids we were all conditioned to associate iceberg lettuce with salad, but the reality is that iceberg is practically nutrient-less and other types of lettuce aren’t much better (read Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson).

Let's see... a couple shreds of carrot, 1/8 of a tomato, some iceberg lettuce.  I'm sure that totals to about - 0.75 servings of vegetables.

Let’s see… a couple shreds of carrot, 1/8 of a tomato, some iceberg lettuce.
I’m sure that totals to about negative 0.75 servings of vegetables.

Find something better and more exciting to masticate to…I mean…on.

Best to switch over to kale today.

Did you know that it’s the most nutrient dense food in the world? (Tied with collard greens on the ANDI scale)

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Now time to enjoy this infographic. Go!

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Health Benefits

  • Low in calories
  • High in fiber
  • High in Vitamin A, C, K
  • Contains over 45 flavonoids including kaempferol and quercetin. These flavonoids offer antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Helps detox the body. The sulfur and fiber in kale help detox the body and keep the liver healthy.
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Helps fight cancer Read the rest of this entry »

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Forget about what I wrote in the original kale chips post. I figured out how to make them perfectly crispy and flaky.

The key is to not bake the kale on a pan, but to place the kale leaves directly on the oven grill. By doing this, all the moisture is zapped out and the kale starts getting toasted.

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STEPS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Rinse the kale and pat dry.
  3. Spread the kale leaves evenly across the oven grill.
  4. After about 3-4 minutes, flip each leaf over once
  5. Remove from oven once the kale is crispy and flaky (an extra 2-3 minutes)
  6. Use scissors to cut up the kale into a large bowl (stems included).

Baking the kale this way turns them into chips faster, so make sure you’re close by to take it out before it starts burning. Also be careful when opening the oven to flip the leaves. Baking kale directly on the grill creates a lot of steam and sometimes smoke.

Once you get all the chips in a bowl, try out this more addictive new recipe.

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