In preparing for a spring cleanse to be held in a couple of weeks I compiled a few tips to help the body during the process.  Eating dark leafy greens like kale, chard, spinach and arugula is not only effective in removing excess toxins from our body but so nutritious as well.  Kale is the green I am featuring today as it has been a staple in my diet for several months now.  From sauteing and serving with eggs, juicing into a green juice or enjoying mixed into a salad it is always on the shopping list.  Kale is high in fiber, vitamin A, C and K, is rich in calcium and iron, it is high in anti-oxidants as well as anti-inflammatory nutrients as well.  We don’t hear much about vitamin K but it is one of the key nutrients that regulates our bodies’ inflammatory process.  Very important.  Kale also has a highly concentrated amount of carotenoids and flavonoids which have been tied to cancer prevention.    It is a super food, by my definition.  As we move into spring and your body wants more raw foods, try enjoying some dark leafy greens, you won’t be sorry.  In the meantime, you can check out a few of my favorite recipes here;  kale mushroom marsala, kale + spicy beans and veggie kale soup.

Enjoy,  Amber

photo credit: kelly rossiter