As a Kale University graduate and recovering kale addict, I thought it'd be fun to expand upon one of life's most controversial vegetables. It's still difficult for me to walk past a row of kale and resist the urge to eat the whole thing. The dark green, meaty, bitter leaves always put me in a trance...wanting more. This article is part of the recovery process. So thank you for reading.
Kale is one those veggies that can either take your breath away, or make you run for the hills. Depends on how you're wired I guess. Every bite has a deep earthy flavor that's guaranteed to leaf an impression.
For me at least, it's hard not to fall in love with the 684% of the Daily Value of Vitamin K per cup of kale. This vitamin loves you right back with it's ability to bind calcium and activate certain proteins for blood clotting! Thank you kale!
No kale love story would be complete without a chapter on its beautiful, luscious antioxidants. The abundance of Beta-Carotene and Vitamin C will keep those pesky oxidants from running rampant in your body. What other food cares for you like that?
Kale wants to keep you around forever, and ever! That's why it lowers your LDL cholesterol and increases your HDL cholesterol over time. It does this even more when you steam it! Steamed Kale....dreaaamy...
Ahhh its minerals... Like a rich vain of gold in a mountain, each leaf's magnesium, potassium and calcium will bring you health for the rest of your days.
Last, but definitely not least, kale supports you through thick and thin. Its frilly foliage keeps you full without adding to the waist line. With plenty of fiber and protein it helps you be the lean, mean fighting machine you want to be!
Man it helps to get those thoughts on paper. Kale and I have gone through some rough times, but this helps us build a healthy relationship again.
If you're not a kale lover like me, it's okay. There's plenty of other greens on the farm. Below is a recipe for you, either way.
Recipe for Kale Lovers
Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup)
Recipe for Kale Haters
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