No longer relegated as the droopy garnish in the deli case, kale is becoming more and more popular as a healthy and tasty food. Honestly, a few years ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what kale was, now it’s an item on my shopping list every week! Kale is an amazing vegetable known for its exceptional health benefits and delicious flavor. There is no doubt in my mind as to why it is one of the top “super foods”.
Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can do wonders for your health, but choosing super-nutritious kale daily can provide significant health benefits, including protection against cancer and lowered cholesterol. Kale is high in nutrition whether it be raw or cooked and is an excellent source of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which both help build a heavy-duty immune system and slow aging (yes, please!). It doesn’t just stop at those sources of nutrients, but kale also includes: calcium, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins K and E. So toss it in your soups, add it to your omelets, or mix in up in your salads. This is one vegetable you don’t want to overlook!
One of my favorite kale recipes is Balsamic Vinegar Kale Chips. Alright, I too may have turned my nose up to this at first, but it’s super tasty and quite an addiction!
Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, and a large ziploc bag.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Rinse the kale, pat dry, tear just the leaves into bite size pieces, and toss them into your Ziploc bag. (Unless you like the taste of wood, if so, put the stems in there too!)
- Pour the olive oil and balsamic vinegar into the ziploc bag and shake, shake, shake.
- Once the kale is coated, pour it out onto a baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
- Bake for 8 minutes, then stir kale, and bake for an additional 8-9 minutes. Watch closely and take out the pieces that begin to crisp so they don’t burn.
Trust me on this one, and let me apologize in advance for your new obsession with kale chips! It’s safe to say, Popeye and his spinach are SOOOO last year! If you haven’t yet introduced yourself to the new talk of the town “Kale,” I would highly recommend it.
This article was written by Brittany Scott, Next Level Trainer/Performance Coach and Nutrition Coach for EatFit Nutrition Coaching. She can be contacted at 703-754-0161 or Brittany.Bailey@NLTraining.com.
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