Kale has definitely made a revival in recent years, and for good reason! It is loaded with essential nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, and iron. Not to mention the excellent anti-inflammatory properties! In addition, like many vegetables, kale is loaded with fiber which will help your bowel movements and make you feel full longer.
You probably have heard of some or all of these amazing health benefits from kale. However, we know that kale on its own is a tough leafy green that is not always pleasant to eat. That is why today, we are sharing some different ways that you can prepare kale, so you can enjoy all of these health benefits for yourself.
Massage and Marinate
This may sound scandalous, but it is totally legit! Massage your kale leaves with the juice from one lemon and no more than 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil, and then let the leaves sit in the fridge to marinate for up to 30 minutes, or overnight. It won’t be long before you have much softer and tastier kale to enjoy in a salad or as a side.
Note: If you do not have time to marinate your kale, simply massaging the leaves with lemon juice and coconut oil a few minutes before eating will still make a huge difference (this is what we do many nights when we forget to marinate it longer).
Kale chips are quite easy to make and are a perfect on-the-go snack. Rather than snacking on high calorie, nutritiously deficient potato chips, you can get your crunchy fix through kale chips! We love making a batch each week from the Full-Length Nutrition and Fitness Plan.
As a Wrap
Get some of the bigger, leafy kale and use it as a wrap for tacos, Thai lettuce wraps, or Ponzu wraps from your plan. They hold up quite well and will allow you to get some extra veggies in your diet, even when your enjoying a satisfying taco!
A Quick Saute or Steam
You can still get health benefits of kale from sauteing and steaming. Just make sure to make it quick! We will throw it on heat with some vegetable broth and water for a few minutes and that is good enough to get it tender and ready to eat! Then season with your favorite herbs and spices. Some of our favorites are onion and garlic powder and nutritional yeast.
In a Pesto?!?
Yes – our Full-Length Nutrition and Fitness Plan has a Kale Pesto recipe! You will love this sauce and can use it on pasta or in a variety of other dinners as a dip or spread. We love enjoying pasta from time to time, and this pesto allows you to get in all of the amazing nutrients from kale at the same time!
Now it’s time to get cooking and put these tips to use today! You will be saying Kale Yeah! before you know it!
This can be one of the quickest and easiest ways to get your greens! Mix some kale into your next smoothie, and drink up all of the benefits. You can use this Green Smoothie Recipe here, or any of the smoothies from your nutrition plan!
Bonus Tip: Did you know that there are multiple varieties of kale? And the flavor can change from each type, so you may like some more than others (our favorite is Portuguese kale). A helpful tip that a farmer friend gave us, is to break off a piece of the stem and try a taste. Tasting the stem will help to give you an idea of what the flavor of the leaves will be like. Enjoy!
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