Amaranth The Superior Kale?
Amaranth is here, the new sheriff in town. Kale is known as the “queen of greens” and maybe amaranth should be known as the “king of greens.” I grew up eating amaranth but I didn’t know it by that name then. Amaranth is the traditional for callaloo, and callaloo is the name I knew the green by.
Callaloo is a popular Jamaican green leafy vegetable that I grew up eating on the weekends for breakfast. My mother would steam it with onions and spices, and we would eat it with dumplings and plantains. Amaranth greens are used in African and Caribbean dishes so it is not widely available in stores which is the reason why I don’t eat it much now. I must change this because I don’t want to do without having this nutritional powerhouse as part of my daily diet.
I can’t believe I recently found out how nutritious amaranth is, but better late than never in this case. Kale is known as a nutritional powerhouse because 100 grams of raw kale contains 308% of the daily recommended value of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, 1021% of vitamin K, 14% of vitamin B6, 14% of calcium, 13% of potassium, 14% of copper, 39% of manganese, and 3 grams of protein.
Wow, and kale also contains other vitamins and minerals, and 100 grams is only 50 calories. Still, kale make room for the new sheriff in town, or at least the co-sheriff!
How can amaranth top the nutritional powerhouse kale? Per 100 grams of raw amaranth leaves (greens) vs 100 grams of raw kale, amaranth beats kale in the following:
Values based on USDA SR-26 Amaranth Leaves, Raw, Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs), and are given without warranty, and are not intended to replace the advice of a nutritionist or health-care professional. View a full report on amaranth nutrition here.
I don’t want you to look at this comparison and think kale is a slouch. Kale is a nutrient powerhouse in its own right, and it stands tall over most vegetables and dominates amaranth in the vitamin A and vitamin C categories.
I blend vegetable juices everyday and kale is a staple of my “Bam Bam” juice. Blending vegetables into a juice allows me to get more vegetables and nutrients into my body on a daily basis than if I would eat all my vegetables.
As far as blending vegetables into a juice, what better combination could there be than combining king amaranth and queen kale in my vegetable juice?
My “Bam Bam” juice is going to need another Bam after adding amaranth to it. “Bam Bam Bam juice!” I drink this juice daily as part of my plant based diet to support my health living and the amaranth is going to be a welcome addition.