Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Kale for Breakfast

Yep, and not just in a smoothie. Here's a great article in annarbor.com written by Kim Bayer, a friend of mine, in which she writes about starting her days this winter eating her own or locally-grown kale for breakfast.

What's not to love with an article like this?! (big smile)

However what I really love (even more than Kim's shout-out to this blog) is her comment that 'food is healthcare, medicine is sick care.' Thank you, Kim, for giving this awareness a much deserved shout-out. How true. I've been saying words to this effect for years and years now in one way or another.

I also like to give shout-outs to all of our local farmers who grow healthy food to feed their own communities because I view them as being a community's true front-line health care providers. I don't know how many of them see themselves in this light, but I do. If you are not growing all of your own healthy food (and I'm not), please thank your farmers for all the hard work they are doing in order to keep you healthy! I try to remember to do this every time I buy something from them at the farmers' markets.

I also found it interesting that Kim notes in this article that she hasn't had a cold all winter long this year. Neither have I, which of course could be due to all the kale (and other Brassica vegetables) that Kim and I each eat. However, I also see that Kim mentions she adds fresh garlic to her kale each morning, so maybe there is more than one thing going on here. Point of fact, while I don't eat garlic for breakfast on a regular basis, I do eat garlic on a daily basis in one form or another. And I just happen to know Kim's local garlic farmers and know just how great their garlic tastes, which is enough for me to recommend eating garlic daily, starting at breakfast and continuing throughout the day.

When you start your day with great tasting healthy food, great health is sure to follow, which sounds like a beautiful way to start your day.

Where kale is more than decoration on my plate (and Kim's too!),

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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