Why is kale so good for you? Plus, 3 Ways to Enjoy Kale (besides salads).
Have you ever wondered WHY exactly kale is so good for you and why you should eat it?? I mean it's been the talk in the health world for a few years now!
I guess I'm a food nerd, but I love knowing exactly why something is good for me and what the benefits are.
To start, it's a superfood. It's one of the most nutrient dense vegetables you could possibly eat.
Healthline notes "A single cup of raw kale (about 67 grams or 2.4 ounces) contains:
- Vitamin A: 206% of the DV (from beta-carotene)
- Vitamin K: 684% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 134% of the DV
- Vitamin B6: 9% of the DV
- Manganese: 26% of the DV
- Calcium: 9% of the DV
- Copper: 10% of the DV
- Potassium: 9% of the DV
- Magnesium: 6% of the DV
- It also contains 3% or more of the DV for vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), iron and phosphorus"
It's also LOADED with the antioxidants beta-carotene, lavonoids and polyphenols. Antioxidants help your body counteract oxidative damage by free radicals. Oxidative damage causes aging, cancer, etc.
Are you sold yet??
So here are my top 3 ways to enjoy kale!
Kale chips: Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, bake until crispy.
Vegetable soup: I love a hardy veggie soup in the fall winter. I typically go to the grocery store and get whatever veggies look good (carrots, celery, kale)- add bone broth ground turkey, spices, and make it up as I go.
Sauteed kale - This one is super easy. Heat a pan with olive oil. Add kale with fresh garlic bits, salt, pepper. Stir until it's wilted.