With a cold-bite in the air, and the need for warm sweaters and cozy slippers, why on earth would we want to eat a salad? I hear ya Beauties, but it’s critical we keep our bodies filled with a rainbow of fresh veggies, year-round.
Not only will we be strengthening our defenses from all the colds and viruses that are looming around every bend, but we’ll be strengthening our bones (naturally), from what mother earth has given us.
This is why my Winter Persimmons & Kale Salad Recipe couldn’t come at a better time. Loaded with the mighty kale and a medley of colorful veggies—you’ll want to reach for this salad time and again, and be addicted to the avocado and tamari dressing too (use it as a dip)!
What? You got it…calcium in kale. Forget what you were taught all those years that it was necessary to consume high amounts of dairy products to build stronger bones and prevent osteoporosis.
Statistics show that bone issues like osteoporosis and hip fractures are more frequent in populations where the consumption of dairy is highly consumed.
You read that right….in fact, American women drink thirty to thirty-two times as much cow’s milk as New Guineans, but suffer forty-seven times as many broken hips. Ouch! No, thank you!
In another extensive study for the China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell reported this interesting fact in the New York Times, “There was basically no osteoporosis in China, and yet the average calcium intake there was 544 mg per day, compared to 1,143 mg per day in the United States—mostly derived from dairy sources”.
Don’t get me wrong….cow’s milk does have a lot of calcium, but much of it is not easily assimilated or used by the body. This is because there is a lot of phosphorus, which binds to the calcium in your digestive tract—making it difficult for most of the calcium to absorb. When we hear the expression “wasted calories”, I have to say, this would be the perfect definition for this scenario.
Why consume something our bodies are not able to process or break down, rendering us unable to receive the benefits? Rather than turning to lactose pills or the like, let’s focus on eating more alkaline-forming plant foods, which provide calcium and won’t cause it to be leached from your body.
The best sources for calcium are going to be found in the dark, leafy, green vegetables (sea vegetables, too, plus nuts and seeds), and you know what that means. Yes, kale is listed among some of the best plant sources of calcium!
Let’s remember to rotate your greens Beauties—you can switch out the kale for some of your other favorite greens—this will ensure that all foods in your diet are balanced. If you’d like to learn more about Oxalic Acid (which prevents calcium absorption), check out The Beauty Detox Foods book and read the discussion on page 94!
See full recipe below…
- 6 stalks of kale, de-stemmed and chopped
- ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
- ¼ cup diced carrot
- 1-2 ripe sliced non astringent persimmons (the most common variety is called Fuyu in the US)
- ¼ cup chopped red cabbage
- For the dressing:
- 1 medium avocado
- 4 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- The juice of half a lemon
- Notes: Serve with dressing on the side for prettiest presentation. If dressed salad is desired toss just the kale in dressing and then add additional ingredients on top.
- Combine all salad ingredients and toss.
- Combine dressing ingredients by hand for a chunkier dressing or blend quickly in a small sized blender or food processor if smoother consistency is desired.
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