Have you heard? Wednesday is National Kale Day! Over the past few years Kale has become famous for its ‘superfood’ components, but what does this all mean? Why are people so eager to jump on the kale wagon? Well my friends, Kale is more than what meets the eye. Try it 3 different ways and you might just find yourself craving Kale yourself!
Did you know? In 2007 a man from Alaska hit the world record for the largest Kale bunch. It weighed 105 pounds and 14.5 oz!
- Loads of Vitamin C- which can keep our immune systems strong, and help our respiratory track when we are exercising
- High levels of iron- Iron is important when you are growing because it helps distribute oxygen to all of your cells, helping your entire body function better!
- Calcium- you know how everyone says drink milk to have strong bones? One reason is because of the calcium, and kale has it too!
- Full of antioxidants- Antioxidants kill off bad cells in the body that can lead to diseases such as cancer. So fill up on those antioxidants!
- B vitamins- B vitamins help digest your food so you can have energy throughout the day!
- Vitamin K- Vitamin K is sometimes called the ‘clotting factor’. That is because it helps your blood clot when you get a scratch or cut so that you don’t bleed too much!
- Add it into guacamole
- Massage with lemon juice or pureed tomato dressing to take the bitterness out of the kale
- Dry them for Kale Chips!
- Grill and put on sandwiches
- Blend in with smoothies
- Add to soup
- Mix with some spices and a grain like couscous
- Add to stir-fry’s
- Use as a pizza topping
Varieties to Try
There are over 50 types of Kale, but common types you can find in the store include:
- Dinosaur Kale (AKA Lacinato Kale)
- Red Russian Kale
- Chinese Kale
- Redbor Kale
- Curly Kale
Check out this week’s Kale chip recipe!