What's the Hipster Hype About Kale?

In the past few years, kale took the media by storm, becoming a notable health craze. It flooded social media, health food stores, and popular restaurants across the country. Many people have hopped on this health band wagon, and for good reason. Read on to find out why!

Kale is One of the Most Nutrient Dense Greens

With close to 10 vital nutrients, kale's credentials are hard to beat. Vitamins A & C, copper, and manganese are just a few. Most people tend to be deficient in all of these key nutrients. Manganese benefits include skin and bone health, and copper assists with collagen production

Kale is Versatile

In regards to cooking, Kale is arguably one of the more versatile greens. Kale can be steamed, sauteed, boiled, pickled, roasted, juiced, or eaten raw! Kale's flavor is prominent, but it compliments dishes beautifully when well paired.

Kale is Beautiful

Incorporating greens in a diet can be hard for some, but it becomes easier when the green is as beautiful as kale. There are many types of kale varieties, all with their own unique looks. A few notable kinds are Red Kale, Russian Kale, Flowering Kale, and Lacinato Kale.

Here are two of my favorite Kale recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Sauteed Kale

Saute kale in a tablespoon of olive oil for 5 minutes over medium heat. Turn down the heat and add garlic, lemon juice, and toasted sesame oil; stir for another 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Kale Italian Wedding Soup

Saute diced onions and garlic in olive oil in large stock pot over medium heat. Pour 32 oz. of your favorite chicken or vegetable broth in the pot. Add sliced leeks, sliced carrots, and your protein of choice (garbanzo beans, cooked ground beef, or vegetarian sausage are all great additions). Chop one bunch of kale and add to pot. Top with fresh basil, oregano, and parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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