Kale. It’s that odd green stuff that you find in your salad at a local health food restaurant. It’s alien. It’s deep green, and to be perfectly honest, it’s bitter. You find it super curly or monsterous. Yet, many nutritionists and health gurus claim that it’s a superfood. It’ll get you many of the vitamins and minerals that your body craves such as vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium– not to mention fiber and even some protein to top it all off. However, you stare at your plate of kale, wondering how to begin, wondering how you can stomach it, or maybe, you love kale. You can’t wait to begin tearing into it’s leafy flesh. Either way, it’s amazing for your health and will do a lot more for it than just the standard iceberg lettuce you see at the store.
So, to begin, according to mindbodygreen.com, there are at least ten health benefits of kale and they are:
1. It’s low calorie and high fiber. So, those of you who are trying to lose a few pounds, kale will push you in the right direction.
2. Kale has more iron than beef. Who says vegetarians/vegans are iron-deficient weaklings? We can easily get more iron than an omnivore if we consume kale (along with an orange, of course, to help the absorption ;)).
3. Kale is rich in vitamin K. What is vitamin K anyway?? It’s a necessary nutrient, I can tell you that. It’s vital for normal blood clotting (NOT the bad kind), and it’s also important for bone health.
4. Kale is rich in antioxidents that help prevent damage to the cells and fight against cancer.
5. Kale is anti-inflammatory, which means it can help against inflammation of the joints and other tissues. Many of the issues we face as we get older (okay, I’m only eighteen ;)) is inflammation due to poor diet. Kale can help reverse some of that inflammation.
6. Kale supports your cardiovascular system– so athletes, eat your greens!
7. Kale is a great source of vitamin A, which helps your eyesight– mooove over carrots.
8. Kale is rich in vitamin C, so if you suffer from frequent colds, you’ll benefit from some kale on your plate.
9. Kale is high in calcium. It will protect your bones as equally or even greater than milk because it’s alkaline, unlike milk. Milk is very acidic as you digest it, causing your body to use calcium to combat the acidity, making the calcium you obtained from the milk kind of pointless.
10. It keeps your liver healthy. Our livers go through enough as it is with all the pollution in the air and (if you eat it) the traditional diet of processed and animal foods. Let’s give him a little nourishment by eating some kale.
If you want to read more about kale then go to http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html. It’s pretty informative.
Okay, so that’s just dandy, but what should we do with this kale to make it taste delicious?
Well, I’m not just going to leave you hanging here. Here’s something I do with kale all the time:
Kale Chips 🙂
1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon of coconut oil (I highly suggest virgin coconut oil if you can afford it)
a pinch of oregano and other spices
some sea salt (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Wash your kale and rub it down with coconut oil.
3. Sprinkle your seasonings on the kale and place it in the oven until desired crispiness. It usually takes around 10 to 20 minutes.
4. Enjoy with veggie burgers or anything else!
Also, with kale, you can put it in a smooth with banana, almondmilk, and some other fruit, and you won’t even taste it! But you’ll still get all the nutrients from the kale :).
Do you have a favorite way of making kale?