Kale, the Green That’s Got Everyone Smitten

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Kale is, as many would gush, a “superfood,” and one that also happens to taste delicious in a variety of preparations. We all know how quickly food fads come and go, but it seems as though the current veggie trend du jour is here to stay. Here’s why:

According to the health and wellness blog Mind Body Green, “Kale is packed with vitamin K, a cancer preventative, vitamin A, wonderful for vision, and is loaded with iron, important for blood health. It also has plenty of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It acts as a great detoxifier for the body and supports liver health. Additionally, it’s high in calcium, which supports bone health.” Okay so I know what you must be thinking, Is there anything this vegetable can’t do? The answer is no, because in addition to the abundance of health benefits kale provides, it also tastes great pretty much any way you prepare it.

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Make a smoothie with kale!
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The Huffington Post recently published an article that reveals the “6 Things You Don’t Know About Kale,” giving you even more reasons to love this superfood (as if you needed anymore). One of the reasons is that it “has more vitamin C than an orange,” explaining that one cup of chopped kale has 134% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, as opposed to the 113% you’ll receive from a medium-sized orange. Another reason to love kale is that it has more vitamin A than any other leafy green, containing about 133% of a person’s daily requirement. It seems unbelievable that one veggie varietal would pack so much of a healthy punch, but kale does, and people can’t seem to get enough of it!

Kale can be prepared in many ways, and is really wonderful when paired with other naturally good-fatty foods like avocado. You can sauté your kale with a little olive oil and lemon juice, create smoothies or juices with it, or bake it into kale chips that are great for snacking on. Kale makes a great salad base, or side dish, or healthy beverage – how do you like to prepare it at home?

About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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1 Response to Kale, the Green That’s Got Everyone Smitten

  1. Robbie says:

    I plant swiss chard and kale together and don’t even bother with other brassica vegetables (cabbage heads/sprouts/broccoli anymore in our urban garden. I grow several types of kale, but really love blue scotch since it will be standing in our zone 5 garden through the winter. It is the best for city lots!Very attractive in the garden,too. Great info on nutritonal benefits-:-)

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