Kale

Plant, Kale

Kale.
Do you like kale? Well, you should. Why? “Because it’s so yummy and nutritious,” says DJ Kale spinning on the 1’s and 2’s. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals to give you that energy that you will need to get through your day. Kale is a green, lean healthier gut machine. Love vitamins A, C, and K, copper, potassium, manganese, and iron? Obviously you do. It is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It has enough fiber and protein to provide you healthy bones, skin, and hair! And it detoxifies your body of the”mystery meat,” and other yucky stuff, too. Whether you’re fighting off ninjas, hiking through the mountains, or seeking to fend off that afternoon energy slump, kale provides the fuel you need.
Now, I must admit I wasn’t always this gung ho about this dark, leafy green vegetable we affectionately call Holy Kale. It wasn’t until several years ago I decided to start living a greener, healthier life. I do enjoy lean protein, such as fish, chicken, and turkey. So I do not label myself a vegan or vegetarian by definition, but I think in eating a more plant-based diet.
After conducting my own extensive research (yes, please do your own research… animal exclusion) on natural and holistic living, I started to discover the amazing benefits of countless superfoods, especially kale. In accordance with HealwithFood.org, kale has potential to reduce cancer and ward off diabetes! Now that is a superfood. Recently I visited my optometrist for my annual eye exam, and I was told that my vision had actually improved from last year! What?! So I don’t need to get a stronger prescription? Since the 5th grade I had gotten used to all those prescription numbers climbing higher on the chart each year, so I was ecstatic to learn that my eyesight had drastically improved! In actuality, Mercola.com, together with numerous other natural health sources, supports findings that kale is known to have superhero powers in the eye department!
No, I am not perfect, but I do eat far better – and greener – than I did a few years ago, right, Nutribullet? Yeah, Nutribullet knows how much I really like a green smoothie. In actuality, there are a lot of creative ways to enjoy kale. I love to use kale in my salads and on turkey burgers (instead of lettuce), and blended in with whole wheat penne pasta. Oh, kale chips are so good, too!
Here is one of my favorite ways to have fun with kale:
(Cook time: approximately 10-15 min. over medium-heat)
Stir in diced tomatoes and onions
Add Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, red crushed pepper, and garlic powder (or your favorite seasoning blend)
*Today, you could stop here. Or… you can add some black beans or brown rice to make it more filling.
And voila! Dinner is served… I am glad we became friends, and I invite you to befriend kale, too. I have improved vision, more energy, clearer skin, and stronger hair. And I have less cravings for foods that are processed. Over time, you will discover you have more superhero energy to do the things you love.

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