It only seemed fitting to start of the new year with kale as my featured ingredient. Kale has become synonymous with healthy food. You can find kale in smoothies, salads, chips. You name it, you can make it with kale. To be honest, I have never been a huge fan of kale, I like it just fine, but I never go out of my way to add it to any of my meals, and typically swap out kale as my favorite salad places. Nonetheless, I am guessing many of you are looking to choose healthier foods in the new year and so, I am starting off 2018 by sharing some delicious recipes featuring kale. And if some of you are kale haters out there (my sister being one of them), I promise these recipes are not your typical raw kale salads.
Four Facts about Kale Nutrition
- Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods, meaning that it packs the most nutrients per volume. One cup of Kale contains over 1000% of the daily value of Vitamin K, nearly 100% of the daily value of Vitamin A, and 70% of the daily value for Vitamin C.
- Kale has a very low glycemic index so it will not raise your blood sugar.
- Kale is known for its high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage, and thus may be important in cancer prevention.
- Kale is a good source of iron. In fact, per calorie, Kale has more iron than beef. Iron is important for cell growth and liver functioning.
Wash kale to remove dirt. Pat dry with paper towels. Store kale wrapped in paper towels and then stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.