Lynn LeCorre
Artist and Art Educator

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(posted on 3 Oct 2014)

WEEK 4 - BLOG CHALLENGE - Kale!

I am posting this challenge early, as I am away next week to a sunny destination to stock up on some Vitamin D for the upcoming winter months! Now I know that sunny get aways are not feasible for many people, but that doesn't mean you should be deprived of Vitamin D or sunny moods!

Kale is considered a super food as it's high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber! It has more iron than a serving of beef and more calcium than a glass of milk. In a serving of kale, you also get 15% of your daily requirment of Vitamin B6!

Did you know that vitamin B6 helps with moods? One of the many roles of vitamin B6 is to synthesize the neurotransmitters - serotonin and dopamine (the feel good hormones!). These naturally occurring chemicals (hormones) in your brain help your mind stay calm and focused on a task, and help you to resist depression and other mood disorders. So if you are feeling a bit down, make sure you are getting your Vitamin B6 and get outside for at least 15 min. a day to absorbe any sunshine you can get! Sunshine also puts us in a better mood!

Pastel drawing of kale.


Curly kale, I like to call it, as the edges of the leaves are so curly! Very fun to draw the contours of the plant, as you don't need to worry about observing every exact curve, just draw a curvy line in and round itself to represent the plant. That's what drawing is about - finding the simplest way to represent the idea of the subject. So many people get wrapped up in perfection and the irony of realistic drawing is that perfection should not be the focus. The focus is creating the 'essence' of the object - and the essence of curly kale is curvy, curly lines! And of course the tree like structure of the veins. Kale has a solid backbone with very distinct veins that form a letter 'Y'. This gives the leaf structure, which makes it very different to eat compared to other leafy greens.

*By the way - you don't need to eat the stem, it is very tough! But can be shredded and eaten in a 'green smoothy' for more fiber!

The kale salad recipe is a new favorite of mine, given to me by another local health coach! Thanks Kellie!

*Note this recipe is a dairy free version, but if you tolerate dairy you can substitute real parmesan for pecan parmesan!

Kale Salad with Pecan Parmesan and Cranberries.docx

How to get started...
1) Introduce kale into your diet this week. Use the recipe provided or find your own. An easy alternative, it you like juicing, is to just add kale to your 'green smoothies'!

2) Be creative with the kale. It tears easily and I find the stem like of looks like a tree. Try tearing up your kale into pieces and arrange them to make a picture on your plate. Mix the kale with other greens for variety or add some dried cranberries or nuts to the food art to add colour and texture. Then take a photograph of it!

Keep it simple and have fun and submit your 'creations' to me at lynnldallaire@gmail.com so I can track your progress for your prize!