Kale has become a food phenomenon lately, and here is why and how you can add more kale to your life:
- Kale is an antioxidant rich green leafy vegetable.
- It contains health-promoting phytochemicals, sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol that may protect against prostate and colon cancers.
- It is also rich in vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision.
- Kale contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C is another antioxidant, which helps the body develop resistance against infections and free-radicals.
- Kale is also rich source of copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Potassium helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium.
And here are some recipes (courtesy of Pinterest – follow me!):
- Kale Chips: Health alternative to potato chips. Kale chips have a light crisp and you won’t be able to eat just one!
- Blueberry Kale Smoothie: Not a fan of Kale, but still don’t wanna miss out on your greens? Hide it in a smoothie. You won’t taste it, I promise!
- Zuppa Toscana: This Olive Garden treat can be made heart healthy! Keep the meat lean and swap the heavy cream for fat free half and half and low sodium broth and you are set!
- Kale Omelette: Nothing says “Good morning!” like a protein and fiber packed breakfast! This omelette will be sure to keep you full til lunch time.
- Kale & Sweet Potato Pizza: Yes, this sounds weird. Know that, accept it. It is also delicious.
- Kale Mac n Cheese: Bring some Kale to your Komfort food (see what I did there?)
- Kale Pesto: Kale can make an easy and healthy option as a pasta topping if you have a food processor!
Now go off and eat your greens!
-Juliane, ACSM CEP