- Has more iron than beef
- Contains more calcium per calorie than milk
- Contains fiber
- Contains protein
- Contains omega-3 fatty acids
- Rich source of immune-boosting antioxidants
Now, how do we get kale in our diet? Kale can be bitter if eaten raw...I put it in my green smoothies every morning with romaine lettuce, ice, and fruits....absolutely delicious...you only get the taste of the fruits rather than the greens. That one glass of green smoothie has more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals than anything else you will eat all day. It is literally liquid gold!
I also put kale in many of my soups. Just chop it up and you can put kale in just about anything....soups, mix it with a pasta dish...I have an excellent recipe for a raw kale salad that is to die for! I could eat the whole bowl full, and believe me, it is a huge amount. For anyone not familiar with kale, tear the leaves from the steam and just eat the leaves. Of course, rinse it well and chop it up.
Many times when I don't have a lot of time to cook, I just chop up some onion and garlic, saute them in a small amount of water until soft, add some mushrooms, little salt and pepper, and throw in the kale. You may need to add a small amount of water so the onions and garlic don't stick. Put a cover on the top of the skillet and let the kale wilt down. Mix it all together, add some beans if you have them on hand and you have a perfect dinner. To change it up, sometimes I will add marinara sauce with some oregano, Italian seasoning, basil...anything I have on hand, and that changes the dish into something totally different. Again, add beans, they are loaded with fiber and protein.
Once you become accustomed to eating kale, your body will actually crave it! Vegetables, especially leafy greens, will flood your body with nutrition that you just cannot get anywhere else. Remember my motto: Give your body what it needs and it will heal itself!
Here is a recipe for that kale salad I spoke of earlier...I did put this in a prior blog, but it's so worth repeating.....
MASSAGED KALE SALAD
5 large leaves of kale, cut into small pieces
6 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 avocado, roughly chopped
pinch of salt
1-2 lemons juiced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 large handfuls baby spinach, roughly chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and finely diced
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
Handful of chopped slivered almonds
2 T nutritional yeast
- In a large salad bowl, place the kale, mushrooms, avocado, salt, and juice of 1 lemon.
- Rub and squeeze the mixture with your hands until the kale begins to wilt, about 2 minutes.
- Add the garlic, spinach, carrot, tomatoes, and onion and mix gently with your hands just to combine.
- Add the slivered almonds and nutritional yeast, and stir to combine.
- Taste and add more salt and the juice of the second lemon if you think it needs it. ( I use 1/2 of the second lemon)
If you never tried kale before, or tried it and didn't really care for it, try this recipe, it will CHANGE YOUR MIND. It is so good!! If you have a favorite kale recipe, please share it with me.....I can't get enough!