The many health benefits of kale
It seems that kale is everywhere these days — from kale smoothies to crunchy kale chips. Kale is a leafy green vegetable similar to wild lettuce. It has a peppery flavor and is a hearty complement to many foods. Learn about the health benefits of kale and how to make this affordable superfood part of your diet.
What are the health benefits of kale?
It's easy to understand why kale is so popular. According to the MedlinePlus eating kale is a great way to get a lot of vitamins and nutrients in one small serving. You don't have to eat a lot to reap the benefits — a good portion of leafy greens is about a cup. Kale is rich in vitamins A C and K and is packed full of iron. Leafy green vegetables like kale are lower in carbohydrates and calories than starchy vegetables like potatoes which makes them a great option if you're trying to lose weight.
Eating high-fiber veggies like kale may even reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer. And since kale is rich in the antioxidant beta carotene according to the Cleveland Clinic it can help deactivate free radicals in your body and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Where can I find kale?
Ready to take advantage of the great health benefits of kale? You can find it in the fresh produce department of your local grocery store. An even better place to get it especially this time of year is your local farmer's market — where you can find lots of other great healthy fruits and veggies typically at low costs.
How do I prepare kale?
There are many delicious and easy ways to prepare fresh kale.
- Eat it raw
Use it as the base for your favorite salad or mix it in with iceberg or romaine lettuce. Add your favorite salad toppings and enjoy!
- Use it as a wrap
Instead of using a tortilla make your next wrap sandwich with a large kale leaf. This is an especially great option for people with gluten allergies.
- Make healthy crave-satisfying chips
Olive oil salt and an oven are all you need to turn kale into a tasty alternative to potato chips.
- Cook it for dinner
It's easy to throw kale into your favorite soup or stir-fry or you can prepare it as a quick side. This Bobby Flay recipe on the Food Network website is easy healthy and delicious.
Adding kale to your diet is a simple and inexpensive way to ensure you're getting plenty of nutrients. It's a perfect complement to or substitute for a lot of foods you already love so it's easy to make fresh delicious kale a part of your diet.