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5 Reasons You Should Eat Kale {bonus kale chip recipe}

5 Reasons to Eat Kale

Kale has to be one of the most kick ass veggies there is. Seriously…this plant from the Brassica family (which includes vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts) is one nutritional powerhouse. It’s simply amazing and if you haven’t discovered it yet, maybe it’s time.

Here are my top 5 reasons why I love Kale

1. It is so full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s high in Vitamins K, A & C, high in calcium, has lots of beta-carotene, and high in iron. In fact, it has more iron per calorie than beef.

2. It’s versatile! Ways to use Kale:  mixed salads, soups, chilis, sautéed in a stir-fry, on burgers, paninis, added to an egg scramble, smoothies, and more. Try adding fresh strawberries to a Kale salad…it’s the perfect combo. Give baby Kale a whirl…it’s less “green” tasting.  When introducing Kale to the family, mixing it in with other dishes helps to slowly introduce them.

3. It’s low in calories and has zero fat. A whole cup of Kale is only 36 calories. It’s also high in fibre. That same cup of Kale has 5 grams of fiber which is fantastic for digestion and…ahem…elimination.

4. You can make homemade chips out of it! There are tons of recipes online. It’s easy to do and is super yummy. Here’s an easy recipe:

Easy Kale Chips
 
A quick easy recipe to make homemade Kale Chips
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 bundle (6-8 large leaves - remove stems and tear into large pieces)
  • 1½ tsps of Olive Oil (approximate)
  • ½ tsp of sea salt (approximate)
Instructions
  1. Mix the olive oil and salt together
  2. Add the kale and gently rub the mixture into the leaves.
  3. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350°F for 15 minutes. The cooking time will vary just watch they don't burn.
  4. The amount of oil/salt will all depend on how much kale you have. If they stay soggy after cooking... there was to much oil (or not enough Kale depending on how you look at it). You will learn to judge 🙂

5. A little goes along way! Depending on the recipe, it doesn’t require a whole bunch of Kale to add to a meal. Try adding it in a smoothie. One leaf is all that’s needed. Mixing it into other salad greens makes it go much further. It is so versatile, you will just keep coming up with more ways to use it. NOTE:  Kale the stems are tough (except baby kale).  After washing, tear the leaves off the stems. This includes using in smoothies.

Try some of the different varieties of kale – curly leaves or red (great for cooking) or Tuscan (Dinosaur Kale – more mild for serving raw), or baby kale (very tender and mild).

What’s your favourite way to eat kale? Tell me in the comments. And if you liked this post, please share it with one of the social buttons below!

Love,

Karen

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