I have been on the Paleolithic nutritional plan for only a few weeks. I was encouraged by my CrossFit coach at our local gym to join a challenge the CrossFit members had started.
The challenge is for 60 days and it focuses on avoiding dairy, gluten, peanuts and sugar while also limiting starchy and high-carbohydrate foods.
I have not been perfect in this venture, but I am finding snacks that are helpful to avoid cravings. Baked kale has replaced my potato chip addiction. I was worried I wouldn’t like the green leafy stuff, but have found that it is very tasty and satisfying.
I buy organic kale and purchase it locally at Sherm’s or Fred Meyer. My daughter loves it, but was hesitant to try because of the way it looked. My husband and son are not fans of the kale. I have shared it with a few friends and they all seem to love it as I do. It isn’t for everyone, but you won’t know if you will like the taste until you try. I like mine extra crunchy and adding sea salt makes it very yummy.
As listed on the ingredients, I use virgin organic unrefined coconut oil to bake the kale. This type of coconut oil can be found in the natural food sections in your local grocery stores or Costco. There are many benefits to using this oil including helping with thyroid problems, which is something I use it to address.
Since replacing olive and vegetable oils with coconut oil, I have noticed amazing results in energy and curbed appetite. I use the oil also for my skin as a lotion.
I’ve also discovered many benefits of kale. Here’s a list from mindbodygreen.com:
1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.
2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions, including safeguarding bone health and the prevention of blood clotting.
4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10 percent of the required daily amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.
6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.
7. Kale is high in Vitamin A. The latter is great for your vision and your skin. It also helps prevent lung and mouth cancers.
8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.
9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility
10. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body.
Jill Fay is a lifelong resident of Douglas County who is married, has two children and is a cake designer with a licensed in-home bakery. She is also one of several bloggers contributing to Douglas County Moms at www.nrtoday.com.