Kale. This powerful food has become a hit in recent years. Kale comes in a number of varieties.
Curly Kale: This is the kale you commonly see in the produce section of your favorite grocery store. Curly kale is found in bright or dark green and purples with tight ruffles and fiber rich stalks. This variety is often attributed with a bitter and powerful taste.
Lacinato Kale: This type is often found in a variety of dark blue green leaves and is firm and wrinkled in appearance. Lacinato is sweeter in taste compared to curly leaves.
Red Russian Kale: Red Russian kale is dark red in true color but commonly referred to as a shade of purple and is known as one of the sweetest kales.
Redbor Kale: This deep red colored kale is vibrant in color resembling a variety of another leafy green called chard.
You might be asking why would someone want to consume kale. Well, why not? This leafy green is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The antioxidants present in kale are crucial in fending off various cancers. Kale is rich in fiber to help aid in digestion and intestinal cleansing. The iron contained in kale is great for proper liver function. Kale is also high in vitamin A for vision and skin, vitamin C for immune system, metabolism and hydration coupled with vitamin K and so much more.
Whether you are new to using kale in your daily life or have ate it for years here are some recipes to consider to consume this fabulously rich nutrient filled green.
-You have to try baking your very own Kale Chips. They are so yummy and can become a great way to fill your stomach as you aspire to think green.
- Preheat oven or toaster oven to 225F
- Tear kale to uniform shapes to bake evenly
- Place kale on a non-stick cookie sheet or tray with parchment paper
- Sprinkle to your liking with spices such as nutritional yeast, sea salt, garlic salt or any other spices
- Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the pieces dark green and crispy, while not burning them
-Create salads with Kale
- Pulse 1 1/2 cups of kale, 1/2 cup parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 clove garlic, lemon juice of one lemon and 1/2 cup of water in a food processor or vitamix until smooth.
- Add 1/4-1/2 cup of almonds and pulse until almonds are ground to a desired consistency
- Serve with salads, vegetables, plant based pastas and pizzas, etc.
-Add Kale to smoothies
Whatever you already put in your smoothie simply add kale as a secret ingredient. If you are unfamiliar with smoothies try making what I call a Green Drink.
- Add a banana, 1 cup of liquid, handful of kale, spinach and other greens, and 1 cup of each pineapple and mango
- Blend to desired consistency