Thursday, June 6, 2013

I will Miss Kale Puddings!

For well over a year I have been enjoying raw kale minced in the food processor with avocado, Greek yogurt, various fruits and different protein powders. I freakin' love these 'kale puddings,' which is what I call them. They are very thick. I use 80 grams of kale each time - which is a hefty amount of kale.

The only time I did not have them with yogurt is when I used fat free ricotta or when I was avoiding daily for 2 weeks and used almond milk and drank them with a straw because almond milk thinned it out so much.

Who cares, right?

I was doing some research on iron deficiency and found that raw kale contains oxalates, which are naturally occurring substances that can interfere with the absorption of calcium.We have been having the kale/yogurt mix almost every day for over a year. (I have it 5x a week and he has it about 3x a week). Oxalic acid has been shown to "bind" with calcium, magnesium, iron, sodium and potassium in the intestine.

My husband has a low enough iron count to warrant prescription iron supplements.

We (he and I) should avoid eating calcium-rich foods like dairy at the same time as kale to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Ever see someone going through a kidney stone episode? They think they are dying. You may think they are dying. It can look like a heart attack in the making. I understand the pain is equal to childbirth (according to male explanations). Except a kidney stone is tiny.

I don't want kidney stones and I certain do not want my husband to get kidney stones. So now I have to take the kale out of the mix and put it on a cooked dinner plate. Darn. I am seeking a replacement to the kale. I thought spinach. Oxalic acid is also found in raw spinach. Bummer.

I thought Swiss chard. Oxalic acid is also found in beets, parsley, asparagus, cabbage and Swiss chard. I can't get a break with my raw leafy greens!

Do not misunderstand. We will still eat the veggies. I just have to start planning them away from dairy.

I am going to miss kale puddings. If you told me 10 years ago that today I would write I would miss kale pudding (or anything else kale), I would have laughed in your face.

Would you risk the kidney stones or would you find another ingredient for your pudding?



bbubblyb said...

Can you go back to the almond milk? Sounds like that might work.

The Vegan Gypsy said...

I recently discovered that dairy in general can inhibit your body's ability to absorb iron! All of my years of chowing down on cheese and ice cream while being a "good" vegetarian, I had no idea! As a vegan, not an issue, but found it interesting nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

I would def. avoid the Kale. We "lived" through the husband's kidney stone and don't want a repeat performance of that nightmare!

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Gwen said...

There are three types of kidney stones. I have had multiple uric acid kidney stones over the past 5-6 years. I no longer drink alcohol because of this. And it's WORSE than childbirth. Seriously awful. And I can't take the medicine for it, so I'm constantly vigilant about what I eat, and how much fluids I get. It sucks, trust me.

Have a great weekend!

Vickie said...

Very interesting. I did not know anything on this topic.

My iron count had gone down the last time I gave blood. It was not LOW, it was just lower than my normal.

I am actually on my way to give blood again today and will be very interested in my iron count.

I gave up dairy (again) a few weeks ago. Not iron related. Yes, GI and migraine related.

I am not sure my spinach consumption was higher than my normal at the time my iron level was done a bit. I can't remember if I was on or off dairy at that point either.

I have been in the 'what do/can I substitute?' phase with a variety of whole foods this year too. I am not 'tied' to any one food. But it is still a pain to try to come up with other pairs/combinations sometimes.

I do relate when newbies are in the throes of stopping their processed foods. I had far less trouble dropping processed. Processed involved way too much number crunching for me. I like simple.

RP Gypsy said...

As a Raw Vegan I'm going to suggest that you dump the dairy and keep the greens.

A couple of things you can use in exchange to get the thickness you are looking for: Ground flax seeds, hemp seeds or coconut yogurt. All these are much more healthy and better for you than greek yogurt.

Good luck!

Caron said...

I read this yesterday and thought "how interesting but doesn't apply to me." This morning as I was putting my ingredients into the blender for my smoothie, it hit me that the frozen chopped spinach was probably not a good idea added to my almond milk and cottage cheese. Thanks for the info. :)

Jane Cartelli said...

I can combine a dash a almond milk with hemp or chia seeds and skip the greek yogurt. I just have to be willing.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Good to know.. thanks! - Heather