Kale offers great nutritional value but it isn't a veggie many people think of eating routinely. The health benefits of kale include lots of Vitamin K, C and A, plus fiber, manganese and many other trace elements. A big bonus is that it is low in calories too.
The best time to get Kale in season, for sweeter taste is winter through early spring.
There are 10-15 different glucosinolates in Kale. These are phytonutrients which research has show to lessen the instance of various kinds of cancer, including breast and ovarian cancer. Other health benefits of Kale include protecting your eyes from cataracts and helping your body detoxify and cleanse. It also promotes lung health.
How to prepare Kale?
Kale is like spinach in the preparation. Simply rinse all dirt off with cold water and shake excess water out. Trip off stems.
So what are some good kale recipes? If you like green smoothies, kale is a terrific ingredient!To use in a smoothie, you can leave the stems on so there is less waste.
One simple kale recipe is simply to sautee it lightly with grapeseed or walnut oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper, plus a little garlic powder or fresh garlic. Add some sliced mushrooms too. Drizzle with a little lemon juice before serving.
Make a simple pasta dish by adding one cup chopped kale, pine nuts and feta cheese to 3 cups whole grain pasta. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.
Add Kale as a pizza topping for your homemade pizza.
For more healthy kale recipes go to AllRecipes.com and type in "Kale."
It's easy to enjoy the health benefits of kale in various recipes. Once you get in the habit of adding it to your diet, or in your green smoothies, it might just become one of your favorite greens.