Why you should load up on kale:
- It’s a nutrient powerhouse, packed with vitamins & minerals essential for energy production, healthy skin, eyes and bones.
- Amongst others you’ll find vitamin K for healthy blood clotting, vitamins A and C for glowing skin and a strong immune system, vitamin B6, a key co-factor in numerous metabolic process, and B12 (or folate) for cognitive function and DNA replication, as well as the minerals magnesium, calcium and potassium.
- It’s a great source of fibre, important for healthy digestive function.
- Bear with it’s slightly bitter taste – bitter leaves can promote digestive enzyme production, helping to more efficiently break down our food and absorb nutrients.
- Combining leafy greens with a source of healthy fat like avocado, nuts, seeds or coconut oil can help to maximise the body’s absorption of these essential nutrients too!
10 tasty ways to incorporate kale
- Keep it fresh and blend into a delicious green juice or smoothie
- Switch up boring old iceberg lettuce for kale’s dark green goodness and get creative with salads, warm salads are a bit more appetizing in winter months, how about experimenting with our antioxidant packed sweet potato and kale salad?
- Add it to stir-fries, bulking out your meals with as much veg as possible means increasing the overall nutrient value of your meals – no need for rice or noodles!
- Balance bitterness and a chewy texture with a clever dressing – drizzle lemon or lime juice, a pinch of salt and olive oil over finely shredded leaves, then give them a good massage – this helps to break down and soften tough leaves. Bonus points – citrus dressings keep for longer in the fridge, perfect for your salad needs all week!
- Lemon and lime work with cooked kale too and can help to stimulate digestion, squeeze onto lightly steamed kale to bring out the flavour.
- Sautee simply in coconut oil and a good quality sea salt for a super tasty side dish
- Boost the nutrient content of soups, stews, curries, chillies or even bolognaise – it wilts easily in hot dishes, simply throw in a handful towards the end of cooking.
- Use larger leaves as the bun for a low carb burger or in place of refined white tortillas for a super nutritious wrap.
- Why not combine with walnuts and whizz up into an anti-inflammatory pesto?
- Making your own kale crisps is an opportunity to really mix things up in the kitchen – flavour however you like, sweet or savoury and simply bake on a low heat in the oven or use a dehydrator. Or if that’s too much effort, find them in most whole food shops 🙂