There is so much information out there about the benefits of eating kale, but some people still aren’t interested in consuming this leafy green. So, I thought I’d try to convert a few folks by sharing what I think kale does for me and why I eat it so often. But for those of you who want “real facts” I added some of those too. Most of my info was found on WebMD.
***Disclaimer- I am not a doctor, I just really like Kale.
10 Reasons I Think Kale is So Awesome
- It gives you an immune system of steel so you won’t become sick or diseased (kale is LOADED with antioxidants, both Vitamin A and Vitamin C)
- In a fight, kale would kick cancer’s ass (it is a great source of Vitamin K which is believed to help fight cancer)
- Sunglasses? Who needs those? (kale is loaded with carotenoids which help prevent UV rays from damaging your eyes).
- You won’t get a broken heart eating kale (kale can help lower your cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease).
- It makes you skinny (kale has a very low-calorie content so you can eat it as part of a healthy, nutrient-rich diet, along with exercise, for weight loss).
- It “cleans you out” if you know what I mean (one cup has 20% of your recommended daily fiber which promotes regular digestion, prevents constipation, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating).
- If you mix heavy kale-eating with heavy body-building, you will get Popeye-sized biceps (like spinach, kale is high in iron).
- If you injure yourself during your regularly scheduled body building session, you won’t need to take Advil (kale is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties).
- Don’t Got Milk? Don’t need it! (for us lactose-free folks kale is a great way to get your calcium in without dairy).
- IT ACTUALLY TASTES GOOD!
So…basically, if you eat kale, you’ll be on your way to becoming Superwoman like me (or Superman, I don’t want to be sexist- men are allowed to eat kale too.)
There are tons of different types of kale and they are all delicious in their own ways! I use the softer kale when I am making a smoothie or salad because I will be eating it raw, but the tough kale is also great when steamed or sautéed.
Here are a few ideas for how to eat this lovely green leafy veggie.
My All-Time Favorite, Green Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk (I switch off from Rice, Almond, and Coconut Milk)
- 1 ripe banana, preferably peeled + frozen
- 2 handfuls kale
- 1 tbsp chia seeds OR 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tbsp nut butter, optional
- Olive Oil – massage the olive oil and salt into kale to soften and let sit while you add other ingredients.
- Sea Salt
- Any veggies you like!
For more delicious kale recipes, click here!