All that is old is new again when it comes to eating kale

I’m hooked on versions of the “green drink” with one of the hot items of the day, kale, along with some spinach, other veggies and fruit thrown in the mix.

A few weeks ago, after having enjoyed this drink made by others and looking at various recipes, I checked the fridge and freezer and put fresh, chopped kale, frozen blueberries, half a frozen banana, water and a couple ice cubes into the blender.

I really, truly, liked it a lot. It became totally obvious, as I sipped and chewed my way through my first attempt, that Rhonda Dunlap, author of “Guide to Super Raw Foods” (my Feb. 19 column was about this cookbook), was right when she said you need to have a super-powered blender to liquefy such combinations. Picks, floss, toothpaste and toothbrush were needed before I went out in public

My husband, Fred, also liked the drink, after declaring it was time to get that super-powered blender that I couldn’t seem to justify purchasing because of a price as high as a good vacuum.

On the other hand, I’ve killed more than my share of blenders, the food processor isn’t working so well, my big mixer’s making groaning noises and “they” say I can clear up my counter with one appliance doing the work of all the others. It does make me think.  What say you?

But back to kale. I like it in salads and stir fry, as chips and now in drinks. It is always on my grocery list.

It’s super nutritious, But the saying, “all that is old, is new again,” applies to kale as does, “all that was good for you is suddenly questionable and all that was not so good for you, may now be” — coconut and palm oils are cases in point.

Do you remember the Oat Bran Craze? Everyone jumped on the bandwagon, it was thrown in and on everything, including ice cream, candy bars, salad dressings, baked goods, drinks and more.

Once the fad was over and it was on to the next food hero, where did oat bran go? Well, it’s still here, and it’s still good.

Kale is filled with nutrients and fiber and experts include it on Super Foods lists, but people can’t and shouldn’t live by any one food alone.

It is also said that it is possible to eat too much of even the good things. And those experts say that kale has a high vitamin K content and people taking blood thinners and thyroid medications should check with their physician, pharmacists and or dietitian about consumption.

It is always good to check medications, health conditions and food interactions with your health professionals. How many people do you know who can’t eat various foods because of allergies, medication interactions and more?

Kale is still one of the good guys but it isn’t the be all, end all. It’s just part of the picture.

Dixie note: The Grand Valley Health Fair has partnered with the new program Healthy Mesa County that addresses the components of total health using valley resources and activities. See you 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and/or Saturday at Two Rivers Convention Center. I’ll be the one munching on kale chips.


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