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Make that kale tasty

Updated: Apr 5

Kale is a highly nutritious leafy green vegetable that offers a wide range of health benefits. Kale is packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants like beta-carotene and lutein. Kale also contains various antioxidants, including flavonoids and polyphenols, which help protect the body from oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Ways kale does the body:

  1. Anti-inflammatory properties: Kale contains compounds like glucosinolates and quercetin, which have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce inflammation in the body and lower the risk of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

  2. Heart health: The high levels of fiber, potassium, and antioxidants in kale can help with many chronic ailments that many people suffer from. It can lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, and improve heart health, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  3. Supports eye health: Kale is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that are essential for maintaining healthy eyes and reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

  4. Bone health: Kale is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin K, and magnesium, which are important nutrients for bone health and may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

  5. Weight management: Kale is low in calories and high in fiber, making it a great addition to a weight loss or weight management diet. The fiber helps promote feelings of fullness and can aid in digestion and regularity. Being on a weight loss journey can be difficult to find the exact things that work for an individual, so knowing firsthand the benefits of a food choice can further help with motivation with incorporating it in your dietary routine.

  6. Blood sugar control: The fiber and antioxidants in kale may help improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity, making it beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those at risk of developing the condition. Many food choices, even fruits high in sugar, can spike your blood glucose levels. Kale is on your side when it comes to minimizing this spike, so incorporating it in your favorite way can be without the guilt!

Incorporating kale into your diet regularly can contribute to overall health and well-being and provide numerous nutritional benefits. Whether eaten raw in salads, sautéed, blended into smoothies, or added to soups and stews, kale is a versatile and nutritious addition to any diet.

Make it tasty

  1. Massage the kale Yes you heard right, there is such thing as massaging your kale. Kale can be tough and bitter ( which is why this post even exists and why so many may think to avoid it all together at first), but massaging it with a bit of olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar can help break down its fibers and reduce bitterness. Steps: 1. Simply remove the tough stems 2. Tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces 3. Massage them with your hands for a few minutes until they become softer and darker in color. The greener the better! And of course the yummier!

  2. Add flavorings Kale pairs well with a variety of seasonings and flavorings that can help enhance its taste. Try adding garlic, onions, chili flakes, ginger, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, or Parmesan cheese to your kale dishes for added flavor and find the perfect mixture that tickles your fancy.

  3. Cook it Cooking kale can help mellow its flavor and texture. You can sauté it with garlic and olive oil, roast it in the oven with your favorite seasonings, or add it to soups, stews, or stir-fries. It really is a leafy green that can add to some of your favorite dishes, and when you prepare it in a way that only complements the dish, you'll be able to add nutrients easily.

  4. Mix it with other ingredients Kale can be delicious when combined with other ingredients in salads, pasta dishes, smoothies, and more. Try mixing it with fruits like apples or berries, nuts, seeds, grains, or other vegetables to create flavorful and nutritious dishes.

  5. Balance flavors If kale is still too bitter for your taste, try balancing its flavor with something sweet or acidic. Adding a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or a squeeze of lemon or lime juice can help balance out the bitterness and make the kale more palatable. Mixing sweet and acidic flavors can create a delightful contrast that enhances the overall taste experience. Because if one flavor is too overpowering, the other can help to mellow it out. For example, if a dish is overly sweet, adding a touch of acidity can cut through the sweetness and provide a more balanced flavor profile. Sweet and acidic flavors often work together harmoniously in many cuisines around the world. Think of classic pairings like strawberries and balsamic vinegar, lemon and sugar in lemonade, or tomato sauce with a hint of sugar to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. Overall, mixing sweet and acidic flavors can create a dynamic culinary experience that tantalizes the taste buds and adds depth to dishes and beverages. Let kale be your next experiment with this chemistry fun fact.

By using these tips and experimenting with different flavor combinations, you can make kale taste better and enjoy its health benefits in a variety of delicious dishes.

Click here  for a recipe for kale chips

Wishing you peace and prosperity and yummy kale!

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