I need to practice what I’m about to preach here when I say that we probably all need to be eating more kale. I was reminded about the importance of kale recently when I read a post about the 5-Day Kale Challenge. Now, I’m not doing this challenge but it did get me thinking about how I need more kale in my diet.
Why Eat More Kale?
Kale just might be the healthiest vegetable you can eat. In one cup of kale, you will get all the vitamin A, C , and K you need for a day. It is also an excellent source of iron, manganese, and potassium. Given all the sweating we do in class, I am always looking for anything that will give me more potassium. Kale is also high in fiber, can help lower cholesterol, and promotes a healthy liver. In the end, kale is about as nutrition dense of a veggie that we’re gonna get.
How to Eat Kale
I will be the first to admit that I am not a veggie lover. Eating them does not come easy to me. And kale, on its surface, is not exactly pleasing looking to eat. It looks like a decoration – a look but don’t put in your mouth kind of thing. But I have learned that you can play around with kale and make it taste good (or not even notice you are eating it at all!)
My favorite approach to getting more kale in my diet is through juicing. Give me a couple of cucumbers, kale, a lemon, and an apple and I’m good to go. But if you’re new to juicing, green juice may not be the best way to go (it wasn’t for me. I had to work into it). In that case, here are some great ideas for how to work more kale into your diet:
1. Pan-Fried Kale: Make it to your taste. It literally takes 2-5 minutes depending on how cooked you want it. Easy side dish.
2. 30 ways to use kale: These recipes use kale to varying degrees. If you haven’t got much of a taste for kale, you can probably find something here that will work.
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