The Benefits of Kale
Ok, so what’s the deal with kale? It’s everywhere, being jammed down our throats by all the nutritionists, naturopaths, vegans, paleo-ers, ML living-ers….
Why? Is this super health food THAT good for us? Let’s see.
1. 1 cup of kale has 5 grams of fiber. Not too shabby…but oh, what great other additions?
2. Kale is high in iron. This pumps up our red blood cells, helps oxygenate our body and even helps the liver work better.
3. Kale is high in Vitamin K and calcium. Vit K can fight cancer, Alzheimer’s, blood clotting disorders, and make for strong bones.
4. Kale is filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
5. Kale helps keep cholesterol in check.
6. Kale is high in Vitamin A. Vit A helps our vision and fights oral cancer (one of the deadliest of cancers).
7. Kale is a great detox food. Especially, used raw when juicing.
So, dang, guess these health gurus are right. I must admit, kale wasn’t on the top of my food faves, but knowing what I know now about its benefits, I’ve found some great ways to make it tasty. My best advice in any application (except juicing and smoothies) is to massage the heck out of it. I use extra virgin olive oil and Himalayan pink salt and work the leaves between my fingers until they soften. Wow…so much more palatable. I use it this way in all salads and when roasting.
One type of kale is particularly easier for me to eat: Lacinato kale, aka Tuscan cabbage, Italian kale, Dinosaur kale, Cavolo nero, black kale or palm tree kale by our Wikipedia folks. This kale is much milder and softer than your typical green kale. It's my favorite kale to use in my Spinach Kale Casserole, a perfect breakfast or side dish for any cut of meat.