Article Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi, October 7th, 2013
I have slacked off. Last week I became so absorbed in celebrating my own wedding anniversary, I neglected to honor my other two loves, coffee and kale, both celebrating their national day of recognition.
I have always told my clients, if there is something they love to eat, then we will try and keep it in their diet (This is when I have to get creative with the Twinkie lovers of the world). For me, coffee and kale rank right up there. I consume both everyday. Luckily they are both pretty darn good for you and both go well with my third love. Chocolate. (Wait, you will see).
So in honor of my favorites, here is a shout out to the benefits of both.
Kale otherwise known as “the New Beef” and the Queen of Greens”. Is my favorite go to snack, in the form of kale chips.
Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination.
Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef.
Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels. Oh I am proof!
Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration. Important as the winter months roll in.
Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism.
Now for coffee. I have fallen into the “caffeine is bad for you trap” in the past and tried eliminating this from my diet but the bottom line is I love it. My husband and I are always on the lookout for the perfect brew and consider ourselves coffee connesuiers. So while perhaps too much could be harmful, a cup or three doesn’t hurt. In fact studies have shown that caffeine in moderation can help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s, sharpen your memory, and speed up metabolism.
So, pour yourself a cup of joe and sit down to this little snack. You will see why these two definitely deserve a National Day all to themselves.
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".