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kale juice

This is what the water in my vegetable steamer looks like after I make kale.  I wonder what percentage of the nutrients that is?

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  1. it probably depends if the boiling process destroys the nutrients or simply extracts them; i couldn’t find the answer easily.
    if it extracts them, you should make a nutritious vegetable energy drink, by adding juiced carrots and honey to the kale-water!

  2. Can I just say.. like.. gross? I feel that the star wars books I read as a child which detailed the emporers’ plague were slightly more palatable. GROSS GROSS GROSS>

    🙂 cheers

  3. I read in my greens cookbook that a lot of the nutrients do leach out into the water. They recommend using as little water as possible to cook greens and then, yes, drinking the water.

    I’m pretty crunchy but I never got up my courage to taste the stuff. Sometimes I try to cook greens in just a tiny bit of water and let it boil off at the last minute to preserve the nutrients…

    but really as long as you’re eating greens what does it matter?

  4. What I think is interesting is that I didn’t boil the greens – this is the base of my steamer. The greens sit in a closed colander like thing on top. The greens don’t sit in the water at all!

  5. Sarcozona,

    The vitamin C will break down from the heat anyway, so you don’t have that to worry about too much. The vitamin A is not water soluble so it won’t dissolve, but you might worry about the mineralsa and B vitamins….you can save the water and use it for soups, cooking rice, etc.

    I dont get how it turned green if the greens were in a closed container though! 🙂

  6. I do save it for soups or for boiling pasta sometimes, but I hadn’t thought about rice – that’s a good idea!

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