October 8, 2012

Eat Your Kale & Drink It Too. ~ Noura El-Imam

Photo: Arnold Gatilao

Kale’s high concentration of antioxidant vitamins makes this curly, powerful green a delicious must for all.

Super-rich in vitamin K, one cup of kale contains 36 calories and five grams of fiber.

It contains 15 percent of your daily requirements of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40 percent of your daily magnesium requirement, 180 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement, 200 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement and 1,020 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement.

Kale is a great source of minerals such as copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. It is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C and K.

Now, on to the yummier stuff. Here are two delicious kale recipes I would love to share with y’all:

Kale Smoothie:


3/4 cup chopped kale, ribs and thick stems removed
1 small stalk celery, chopped
1/2 banana
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup ice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Place the kale, celery, banana, apple juice, ice and lemon juice in a blender, whizz until frothy and sip away!

Thanks to my awesome friend Kristina D., here is a delicious kale chip recipe passed on from her, to me, to you:

Baked “Kale’stina” Chips:

Rub (with love) torn pieces of kale with the following, all together in perfect harmony: coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, raw cacao powder and enough honey or maple syrup to drizzle on top and stick the goodies together. Lay them out on a baking tray, and slap that baby in an oven heated between 250 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 30 minutes.

Sprinkle with sea salt and cool. Then put them in your mouth. ♥


Noura El-Imam is a yoga & Pilates teacher, an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie fanatic, a rock-climbing adventurer and a travel addict. Born and raised in the multicultural hub of the United Arab Emirates, Noura was blessed to have met and mingled with those of many nationalities from around the world all throughout her school years, while soaking up the UAE’s warm culture, history and tradition. Noura teaches a fusion of yoga and Pilates outdoors across Dubai, and she arranges yoga teacher trainings by flying in vibrant yoga teachers from around the world. Visit her web site at www.yogalatesblissindubai.com.


Editor: Jayleigh Lewis

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