A squirt of lemon.
It’s mid-way through January and finally feeling like winter. The sky is painted grey and a fuzzy green scarf has snaked its way around my neck. The past few days have been some of my laziest. I’ve finished three books, slept ten+ hours per night, and have been in the company of a crackling fire.
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean soup and hot chocolate are the only things making way to my table. I’ve been keeping up the juicing, getting back to green smoothies and making sure to add veggies to nearly every meal throughout the day. Kale, an incredible superfood that seems to have sparked a creative fire to many health conscious foodies as well as your everyday cook, made its way to my kitchen. Its abundance in vitamins, ability to adapt to many recipes, and its availability in farmers markets and supermarkets make it an excellent addition to any diet.
Some people might have difficulty with the texture and bitterness of the green. Fortunately there is a way to remove the bitterness and add a little flavor without heating and destroying the nutrients it contains. While preparing the kale, stripping it of its leaves, and rinsing the dirt from it, try adding citrus and a sprinkle of sea salt. Massage the kale with its seasongings for a few minutes. The combination of the ingredients seems to ‘cook’ the greens without actually heating them. The bitterness is removed and the fibrous texture is gone. Not only does it become a better product, but the vitamin C in the citrus fruit allows your body to absorb more of the iron in the kale. This goes for all iron-rich, dark, leafy greens. So the next time you make a meal with spinach, kale or another green make sure you’re adding your vitamin C to give your body a boost. It’s not just lemon, grapefruit and oranges that have vitamin C, but bell peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli provide an adequate amount of vitamin C as well.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to push the fresh produce behind. Be creative and switch things up with a light, spring salad. Don’t forget a squirt of lemon.