You've seen it in the store, at your farmers market, maybe even on Oprah. What's the big deal with kale? Why all the fuss and why should we care? Well, quite simply, kale is a triple threat. It's an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory and it has anti-cancer nutrients. Yes, kale is your friend. Don't be intimidated by it's tough curly leaves. There are tons of ways you can eat it, from juicing to steaming to baking it into chips. Here are 2 recipes I make all the time.
This is a quick, easy, delicious soup courtesy of Whole Foods Online recipes. It tastes like minestrone with a kick. Normally I use the curly leaf kale in this soup but I tried Red Russian kale in this one and it actually had the taste and consistency of the seaweed in Korean seaweed soup. It was great! Top it with some grated parmesan cheese and you've got a winner. Find the recipe at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2451.
For breakfast, lunch or a power snack try a green smoothie.
- Handful of ice (crush in the blender first)
- 1 cup of apple juice
- Handful of kale (ripped up)
- Handful of romaine lettuce (ripped up)
- 1 stalk of celery or 1/2 cucumber
- 1 banana
- 1 avocado (yes, the whole thing. don't be afraid of good fat)
These smoothies are addicting. No gagging here, just deliciousness. Oh, and by the way, I use a plain old $40 Oster blender from Costco. One day I'll get myself one of those Vita Mix blenders but until then, old faithful works just fine.