Step aside spinach! The “queen of greens” has taken the spotlight!
Kale is definitely the talk of the town these days. Whether we are taking about its rich nutrients, unprocessed goodness or even its delicious flavor, kale is everywhere. Some have even said that it is one of the planet’s healthiest foods.
I am sure that you have seen this beautiful green at the grocery store but just didn’t know what exactly it looked like. You know, it’s the fun looking light to dark curly greens with the thick stem. There are even some purple leaves sometimes and it can be ornamental or dinosaur like. Yeah! Now you know what I’m talking about!
This nutritional powerhouse is low in calories (only 33 calories per cup), high in fiber and has absolutely no fat! Kale is also a great source of mineral copper, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin K, vitamin A and Vitamin C.
Kale has been known as an antioxidant because of the carotenoids and flavonoids found inside the leaves (which helps protect from cancer) and as an anti-inflammatory food (which helps fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune diseases). Wait! There’s more! Kale is also great for a detoxing ingredient. Because these greens are filled with fiber and sulphur, it is an awesome tool for cleaning up your liver. Superstar… I know!
When I first heard about kale, I was a little skeptical since it seems like every week there is a new “craze” but once I tried it, I loved it! Since I have discovered this gem from the cabbage family, I add it to pretty much anything and everything. Whether it is a salad, pasta sauce or even a side dish. There are many ways you can integrate kale into your diet as well but be careful; there is such a thing as eating too much of it.
Do you eat kale?
Check out this Kale Chip Recipe that my project manager makes for us on Fridays:
1 bunch of kale , cut stems, washed, dried and cut in 3 inch pieces
1 tsp of grape seed oil
Smoke Paprika to taste (or whatever spice you prefer)
Sea salt to taste
2. Place pieces of kale on baking pan
3. Drizzle with grape seed oil and sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and paprika.
4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until kale is crispy.