Before finding my love for clean eats, I wouldn’t have even known Kale was something you could or should eat. It was just something used as a garnish in buffets to make other things look pretty. Little did I know, It is a power house of nutrition!
Like meat, kale contains all 9 essential amino acids needed to form the proteins within the human body, plus 9 more non-essential. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and also muscle tissue. When comparing to meat though, the extraction of these amino acids is a much easier process and is readily available for our bodies to use, much sooner.
It is a significant source of Omega-3′s, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. In fact, it contains more calcium per gram, than whole milk! When comparing milk and kale “calcium was 25% better absorbed, proving that the propaganda in support of milk as the ultimate source of calcium isn’t as mooo-ving as commonly believed.” Mercola.com
Kale is more than just a nutritional “superfood.” It comes from a long line of plant healers, and could very well be considered and (given future FDA drug approval) used as a medicine. New biomedical literature now shows it may be of value in the treatment of cancer, elevated blood lipids, glaucoma, and various forms of chemical poisoning.
So, if that isn’t reason enough to start adding some kale into your life, than I don’t know what is!
Now, How can you add Kale into your life?! Easy. Here is a great tip worth trying. Instead of eating an egg for breakfast with toast, try chopping up half a bunch of kale, a quarter of an onion, and stir fry it in a tablespoon of olive oil for a few minutes till it is tender. Make sure to add in a pinch of sea salt. I often add Kale to my Shakeology, or you can add it to your own smoothie.
Corbin, my 3 year old son, will literally eat an entire batch of kale chips! which is amazing, but, dude. I want some too! Kale chips are super simple to make. Here is an easy recipe to try.
1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F
Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt.( I like to throw it all into a gallon sized ziplock bag and shake it up before placing it on the baking sheet.) Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food.