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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 it’s rich nutrient content, beautiful green colour or even its delicious flavor, kale is everywhere. Some have even said that it is one of the planet’s healthiest foods.

There are many different types of kale with smooth or curly leaves and the leaves can be purple or green. The most common type is curly kale that has a bright green colour and curly leaves with a fibrous stem. But a personal favourite of mine is dinosaur kale that has a purple colour and a smooth leaf.

Kale is part of the cabbage family, low in calories (only 33 calories per cup), high in fiber and contains no fat! Kale is also a great source of mineral copper, potassium, iron (per calorie it has more iron than beef!), manganese, phosphorus,  vitamin A, which is great for your skin and eyes, and Vitamin C which is amazing for your immune system. A major benefit of Kale is that it’s the world’s best food source for Vitamin K, a prevention of blood clotting nutrient. One cup of Kale contains almost 7 times the RDA daily amount! Whoa!

Kale is 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, a side dish or even as kale chips… there are many ways you can integrate kale into your diet!

Like any new food, don’t go overboard and start having kale in a green smoothie for breakfast, a kale salad for lunch and kale in your soup for dinner. There is such thing as eating too much kale so start introducing it slowly… especially if you are new to eating high fibre vegetables.

Easy Kale Recipes

If we have you kurious about kale (see what I did there…?) try out some of our favourite kale recipes!

Italian Sausage & Kale Soup

This Italian Sausage Soup is so comforting and delicious, you won’t even notice the kale. Plus it’s protein packed and low in carbs!

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

A refreshing, berry smoothie to start your day on a healthy note!

Kale Cauliflower Fritters

These cauliflower fritters are spicy, low carb and packed with nutrients!

Kale Salmon Salad

Another kale recipe that does not disappoint! Salmon is also high in Omega-3 which is a great anti-inflammatory!

Enjoy!

Please leave a comment or share your opinion!

Sources:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html


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