Today, October 1st marks National Kale Day and to celebrate we have put together 3 easy and delicious ways to incorporate more kale into your diet. The reasons to include more kale into your regime are numerous; this superfood per calorie has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and 10x more vitamin C than spinach. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties, is jam packed with vitamins, low in calories and carbs and high in antioxidants.
1) Juices and Smoothies
This is a super sweet and nutritious recipe that can be thrown in your juicer/blender and is also great at masking the taste and texture of kale.
- handful of kale
- handful of spinach
- handful of baby carrots
- frozen raspberries
- frozen blueberries
- frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- few slices of cucumber
- 1/2-1 cup of filtered water
My favorite kale snack are lemon kale chips, there are super easy and quick to make and extremely guilt-free.
- 1 bunch of kale (washed)
- 2 tablespoon of extra olive oil
- 2 tablespoon of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Chop kale into bite size piece
- Place kale in large bowl and hand massage olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt into kale
- Put onto baking sheet and bake on 350 degrees F until crispy and dark green
- Cool and serve
A few months back, I discovered a tasty dish from Sweet on Veg that combines both kale and quinoa (which is high in fiber and protein) and I was hooked. This recipe seeks about two people and it takes 20 mins to prepare.
- 2 handfuls of kale, broken into little pieces (stems removed)
- 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
- sea salt, to taste
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 lemon
- Cook quinoa in one and a half cups of water in a pot, bringing to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed
- In skillet, sauté garlic, mushrooms and kale in coconut oil for 5 minutes
- Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to cooked quinoa and stir. Salt, to taste
- Spoon quinoa into bowls and top with garlic, mushroom & kale mixture
Hope you enjoyed our kale inspired recipes, now go forth and eat more kale.