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Jan 3, 2014 6:01 PM CST
Name: Char
Vermont (Zone 4b)
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Rows of Kale

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Jan 3, 2014 6:05 PM CST
Name: Rita
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Jan 3, 2014 7:05 PM CST
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Cool banner, It makes me hungry just lookin' at it! Thumbs up
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Jan 3, 2014 7:08 PM CST
Name: Paul
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I feel healthier just looking at this beautiful creative banner......
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Jan 3, 2014 7:11 PM CST
Name: Jennifer
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Love love love it!! Well, not to eat Rolling on the floor laughing
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Jan 3, 2014 8:12 PM CST
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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LOVE it!!! I'm with Jennifer though - not to eat! Hilarious!
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Jan 3, 2014 8:36 PM CST
Name: Deb
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Jan 3, 2014 8:44 PM CST
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Jan 3, 2014 9:04 PM CST
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Had my kale smoothie this morning! It's a super nutritious green that may provide significant health benefits.

From http://www.care2.com/greenlivi...

This site contains a tips for eating or cooking plus a few recipes.

8 Health Benefits of Kale:

1. Can help lower cholesterol levels.
The fiber fiber in kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s best when kale is cooked instead of raw.

2. Kale is a detox food.
It’s filled with fiber and sulfur which are great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

3. Low in calories
A cup of chopped kale has only 33 calories. Great for weight loss!

4. Great at fighting many cancers
Kale is rich in organosulfur compounds which are known to fight cancer, especially colon cancer.

5. Supports a healthy immune system.
Kale is full of sulforaphane which helps which nourishes the immune system.

6. Visual Benefits.
Kale is abundant in two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which act like sunglass filters preventing damage to the eyes from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light.

7. Supports normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity, and bone health.
The high amount of Vitamin K helps nourishes those activities in the body healthy.

8. Great for helping digestion and elimination.
It is very high in fiber.

All greens are nutritious, but kale stands way above the rest. Kale has more iron than beef per calorie. Very high in in Vitamin K, full of powerful antioxidants and much more.

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Jan 3, 2014 9:11 PM CST
Name: Natalie
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Calif_Sue said:Had my kale smoothie this morning! It's a super nutritious green that may provide significant health benefits.

The problem with that statement is the word "may". Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing It "may" be bad for you too! One thing is for sure - it's bad for my taste buds! Whistling Hilarious! I know it's actually good for you. I just never acquired a taste for it.

Love the banner though! It's gorgeous!
Natalie
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Jan 4, 2014 6:01 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Jan 4, 2014 6:24 AM CST
Name: Char
Vermont (Zone 4b)
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Thank you everyone. I've never even tried kale... Image is from a large field with long rows planted in a repeating pattern of green, blue-green and purple stripes, it was beautiful!
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