The Love Affair with Kale

Kale is a leafy green with a more bitter taste than sweeter, tenderer greens like spinach. You may love the taste of kale, but… for lots of us… kale takes some getting used to and can be difficult to fully embrace.

Even if it isn’t love at first bite, there’s a whole lot to like about the nutritional and health benefits of Kale. In fact, the leafy green may well be one of the healthiest vegetables you’ll ever put on your plate. Kale packs more nutritional punch than that old fan favorite spinach as well as many other greens.

The number of health benefits being attributed to Kale these days is almost mind-boggling. Kale seems to have something to contribute to almost every part of the body, from our brain and heart to our skin and hair. Kale is packed with minerals and vitamins, including vitamins C, A, and K. It also is high in antioxidants and provides plenty of fiber.

If you’ve been trying to introduce more Kale into your life, there are ways to incorporate Kale into your diet that are actually pretty easy and even quite tasty.

Some tasty ways to eat kale…

SALADS. You may want to try using kale as a base for salads. It helps to use only the leaves, because the center stem can be difficult to chew and digest.

CHIPS. Kale chips are not exactly potato chips, but they are a tasty snack that is good for your health. They’re easy to make too. Just tear Kale leaves into bite size pieces, place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with seasoning salt or sea salt. Bake in 350° oven until edges are browned, but not burnt (about 10 to 15 minutes). Don’t forget to wash and dry your kale before beginning.

SMOOTHIES. If you enjoy drinking a smoothie, try adding some kale to your favorite recipe. You might be surprised at how much of the green stuff you can get in there without affecting the taste.

SANDWICHES. Any sandwich that includes a little iceberg lettuce or some facsimile can be made with kale instead. Yes, the taste might be a little different, but not so dramatically different that you won’t want to eat it. In fact, you may find the new flavor actually becomes appealing before too long.

SIDE DISHES. There are many ways to prepare kale as a side dish. Most recipes include a little olive oil and some seasonings. Because of its tough texture, Kale may need to be cooked a little longer than other leafy greens like spinach or Swiss chard.​ The Internet is filled with some very tasty recipes!

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