So National Kale Day may not be on your calendar, but today it is here! This superfood has been on the radars of health conscious people for quite some time and it isn’t going anywhere. It even comes in several varieties. We’re talking dazzling blue kale, dinosaur kale (rawwrrrrr), purple kale, red Russian kale, fizz kale, and siber frill kale. Some kale varieties need to cook down, while others can be rinsed and tossed in a salad.
Rich in vitamins A, C, & K, as well as potassium, fiber, and manganese, kale is a cruciferous vegetable and is one of the best brassicas in the world. Other brassica family members include broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, and collards. Kale has been studied for its relationship to cancer because of its rich nutritional content. It has many antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-cancer nutrients. Kale helps battle oxidative stress, which is the body’s response to too much inflammation.
Kale is also a great detoxifier. It helps flush toxins out of your system and it is actually beneficial for the digestive system. Because of kale’s fiber content, it provides great support for proper digestive health.
How do you incorporate more kale into your diet? If you are a little weary of trying new veggies, the best and easiest way to add kale to your diet is to juice it or add it to smoothies. If you are searching for a healthy snack, a great idea is to season the kale with salt, pepper, and drizzle with olive oil, then place torn pieces in the oven to make kale chips.
To celebrate this cruciferous veggie, here are a few of our favorite kale recipes.
Savory Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with White Beans and Kale:
Kale & Coconut Salad with Orange-Infused Vinaigrette:
Kale & Pineapple Juice: