Move over spinach and make room for kale!! This SUPER GREEN is a great anti inflammatory food and is full of powerful antioxidants, as well as minerals like copper, manganese, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Kale is also high in iron and calcium and vitamins K, A, and C. Each cup contains 35 calories, zero grams of fat, and has 5 grams of fiber, which makes kale great for digestion and elimination.
There are many ways to sneak kale into your diet. Here are a few of my favorite:
Smoothies – Reap all the benefits of kale, without sacrificing the flavor of your favorite smoothie! Simply add a handful or two of this leafy green to the mixer and blend until smooth.
Kale chips – Dish the chips! These are SO easy to make and SO much better for you! Instructions: Clean, dry and trim your kale. Toss with 1 -2 tbs olive oil, 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (if you’re not a fan – simply omit) and sea salt. Place on a baking pan and bake in a 200 degree oven for 45 mins or until crispy. Be sure to flip chips over half way through. Check out this recipe for Low Carb Chipotle Cheese Burger and Kale Chips!
Soups/ Stews – Any recipe you might use spinach – swap it out for kale. Just add a few chopped handfuls in the last 10 minutes or so of cooking. I find it adds a “heartier” bite! Check out this recipe for White Bean & Kale Stew!
Salads – SO simple!! Toss clean leaves with a little oil, vinegar & some spices and your done! Or click here for my favorite “raw” Caesar salad recipe.
Steamed – Mmmm, this has been my favorite way to eat kale lately. I simply wash and tear the kale into bite size pieces. Place in a steamer and cook kale for about 3-5 minutes then sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy. So easy and is great as a snack or a side dish to your protein.