AMAZING SUPERFOODS! Why Kale is Awesome and How to Use It

Want to get more superfoods in your diet, but know where to start?

Kale is a great superfood with lots of versatility. Keep reading and you will find why you’ll want to add kale to your diet ASAP and ways to do so.

Why it’s awesome:

Kale is PACKED with vitamins and minerals. It protects against heart disease with high levels of fibers and antioxidants and uses its magnesium and potassium content to help lower blood pressure. Additionally, kale helps brain function with amino acids which help you feel focused and happy. As if that wasn’t enough, kale can help a person loose weight. Why? It’s low in calories and fat, but it leaves you feeling full and satisfied. Likewise, it’s energy boosting, helping you stay active. Not enough? It also has fiber to aid in digestion. What the what?

And I’m only scratching the surface here, people.
Kale is also high in iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Calcium…
It also contains copper, Vitamin B6, Folate, Riboflavin, omega 3 fatty acids, omega 6 fatty acids…

The list goes on.

How to use it:

Add it to green smoothies
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Photo Credit (includes recipe!!): hello glow

If you don’t eat bitter greens, kale can take some getting used to. Put it in a green smoothie to mask the flavor with well-liked fruits. Here’s some rad smoothy combination ideas. First add kale, then:

[almond milk, banana, pineapple, peanut butter, honey]
[almond milk, banana, pear, almond butter]
[almond milk, strawberries, honey, banana, apple, pineapple]
[banana, lemon, pineapple, chia seeds]
[almond milk, berries, banana, rolled oats]
[almond milk, peaches, ginger, honey, banana]

Still nervous? Want more freedom with ingredients you already have in your kitchen? Check out my previous blog The Perfect Green Smoothie to get started.

Make kale chips 
Photo Credit (includes recipe!): eat healthy eat happy

Into savory things? Bake kale in the oven with a little seasoning and olive oil to make kale chips! They’re tasty, and retain their nutritional value when you bake them.

Put it in a salad 
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This maybe goes without saying. However, if you ever see a salad labeled “detox,” It likely has kale in it. But not all salad is the same. Take a look at these kale salad ideas:

[dried cranberries, almonds, lemon juice, lemon zest, red wine vinegar]
[olive oil, lemon juice, garlic (toss in mixing bowl with hands until it reduces to half its size)]
[poppyseed dressing (either homemade, or bought vegan in stores), quinoa, almonds, blueberries, raspberries, avocados]
[black beans, corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, (avocado, lime, cumin, & warm water for dressing)]

Add it to soup
Photo Credit (includes recipe!): Roasted Root Vegetables with Tomatoes and Kale

How can you go wrong with a good soup? And a good soup with something as good for you as kale? Check out these awesome soup recipes that call for kale:

In-A-Hurry Kale Chickpea Soup

Kale Barely Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Soup

Creamy French Lentils with Mushrooms

Quinoa and Vegetable Soup

Coconut Red Lentil Soup

Sauté it
Photo Credit (includes recipe!): Simply Recipes

Cooking kale is a little strange. Though it’s a green, it doesn’t wilt when heated like spinach. But that just makes it all the more hearty. Here are some good kale combos to use while on the stove:

[butternut squash, red onion, garlic, cranberries, pecans, balsamic vinegar, olive oil]
[garlic, red pepper flakes, vegetable stock, olive oil]
[chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil]
[garlic, mushrooms, vegetable broth, olive oil]
[butternut squash, garlic, onion, cranberries orange, orange zest, pecans
lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, apples, olive oil]
[garlic, roasted red peppers, olives, balsamic vinegar, olive oil]

“But It Tastes So Good” is the number one excuse I get from meat-eaters on why they do not want to switch to a vegetarian/vegan diet. I am not out there to make everyone vegan. I do, however, want to share what food does to your body and to the world around you. Let me show you that being good to yourself and to the earth can taste just as good, or better, than what you are already doing (both literally and figuratively).

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