In the past few years, kale has become incredibly popular for one simple reason: It’s really healthy.
According to Time Magazine, kale has more nutrients than just about any whole food. Loaded with antioxidants, omega-3s and other vitamins known to help detoxify your body, strengthen your heart and prevent cancer, it’s no wonder kale is so popular.
Of course, not everyone thinks kale is tasty. Even kale lovers admit it has a rough texture and a bitter taste. Fortunately, there is a simple way to make kale more palatable, through the process of “massaging” the kale.
To do this, tear the leafy part off the stem, toss in some lemon juice, a splash of vinegar and some olive oil, then knead the kale for two to three minutes with your hands. This will break down the fibers, soften the leaves and make the kale much more palatable.
A sweet and healthy dessert
As more Americans are increasingly choosing healthier foods, sugar has gone from a sweet treat to a health hazard. Nonetheless, it’s hard to completely ignore your sweet tooth.
The good news is that desserts can still be sweet, delicious and yes, even nutritious. The secret lies in a three-part combination: Fruit, cheese and nuts. Here is a traditional recipe that harkens back to a time when sugar and chocolate weren’t so readily available:
• Halve and hollow several pears.
• Place them right-side up and roast them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
• Take them out and sprinkle gorgonzola and almond slivers on top and serve.
The naturally sweet juices of the pear will combine with the savory cheese and crunchy almonds for an unforgettable dessert!
5 fun facts about carrots
At some point this week, there is a good chance you’ll eat some carrots. They’re delicious and nutritious, but here, from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, are five facts about carrots you probably don’t know.
1. On average, each American eats 10.6 pounds of carrots each year.
2. Carrots naturally have a high amount of sugar, making them a popular on-the-go snack and an easy way to add flavor to dishes.
3. Carrots come in a variety of colors, including purple, yellow and even pink, making them perfect for fun, colorful dishes.
4. In addition to being an easy snack food, just one medium carrot can count as your daily serving of vegetables.
5. Baby carrots are actually large carrots that have been cut down, shaved and rounded into bite-sized bits.
MIT scientists develop ‘Pop-up’ pastas
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new pasta that can add flair to your next meal. The scientists developed pop-up foods-flat sheets of edible pasta that creates 3D structures when submerged in water. The pasta consists of starch and flat sheets of gelatine, including shapes line penne, macaroni, spaghetti, ravioli, rotini and others. The pasta can also be engineered to fold into shapes like a flower or other configurations.
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