Would you like kale? Why? “Because it’s so delicious and nutritious,” says DJ Kale spinning on the 1’s and 2’s. It is loaded with minerals and vitamins to give you that energy you need to get through your day. Kale is a green, lean healthier gut machine. Love vitamins A, C, and K, copper, potassium, manganese, and iron? Obviously you do. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It has enough protein and fiber to give you healthy bones, skin, and hair! Plus it detoxifies your body of the”mystery meat,” and other yucky stuff, too. Whether you’re fighting off ninjas, hiking through the hills, or seeking to fend off that afternoon energy slump, kale provides the fuel you require.
Now, I have to admit that I was not always this gung ho about this dark, leafy green vegetable we affectionately call Holy Kale. It wasn’t until several years ago that I decided to start living a greener, healthier life. I really do enjoy lean protein, such as fish, chicken, and turkey. So I do not label myself a vegan or vegetarian by definition, but I think in eating a more plant-based diet.
After conducting my own extensive research (yes, please do your own research… I am not an MD) on natural and holistic living, I started to discover the awesome benefits of countless superfoods, particularly kale. In accordance with HealwithFood.org, kale has potential to prevent cancer and ward off diabetes! Now that’s a superfood. Recently I visited my optometrist for my yearly eye exam, and I was told that my vision had actually improved from last year! What?! So I don’t need to get a stronger prescription? Since the 5th grade I had gotten used to those prescription amounts climbing higher on the chart each year, so I was ecstatic to learn that my vision had drastically improved! When my doctor asked me what changes I had made over the year, I told him about my healthier, greener, “kaler” diet. In actuality, Mercola.com, along with numerous other natural health resources, supports findings that kale is proven to have superhero powers in the eye department!
No, I’m not perfect, but I do eat far better – and greener – than I did a few years back, right, Nutribullet? Yeah, Nutribullet knows how much I really like a green smoothie. In actuality, there are so many creative ways to enjoy kale. I love to use kale in my salads and on turkey burgers (in place of lettuce), and mixed in with whole wheat penne pasta. Oh, kale chips are so great, too!
Here’s one of my favorite ways to have fun with kale:
(Cook time: approximately 10-15 min. over medium-heat)
Sauté 12-16 oz.
Stir in diced tomatoes and onions
Insert Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, red crushed pepper, and garlic powder (or your favorite seasoning mix )
*Today, you could stop here. Or… you can add some black beans or brown rice to make it more filling.
So yeah, kale and I go way back. I’m glad we became friends, and I invite you to befriend kale, too. I’ve enhanced vision, more energy, clearer skin, and stronger hair. And I have less cravings for foods that are processed. Over time, you will discover you have more superhero energy to do the things you love.