Kale is King!
Did you know that there are several varieties of kale? Tuscan (Lacinato) kale, more popularly known as Dinosaur kale with its puckered leaves, Curly kale which is the most common type found in most grocery stores and is sweet and mild in taste, Premier kale is another type that is a new variety prized for its early maturity, Redbor kale is a dark red kale that walks the line between a crop and an ornamental plant, Siberian kale is one of the most cold hardy varieties available with its enormous leaves. There is also an unusual form called Walking stick kale which can grow up to six feet tall and finally Red Russian kale which is similar to Siberian kale in its hardiness but boasts beautiful red leaf stalks. While each variety is chewy, each has a different texture, from tender to very fibrous. Kale is a nutrient dense food packed with phytonutrients (fancy name for plant nutrients).
Kale contains high amounts of fiber, vitamin A, C, E & K. It also contains calcium, iron, omega 3, magnesium, potassium, protein, B1, B2, B3 & B6. It is part of the cruciferous family of vegetables which are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Cruciferous vegetables are important for liver health and help the body detoxify. This is why we consider Kale to be the king of all green leafy vegetables. Not to mention it is the most nutrient dense of all the green leafy vegetables.
It is so versatile and can be used in so many ways, from kale chips to wraps, soups, pestos and salads of course. You can even chop it finely and top it over a veggie pizza. If you find kale too fibrous, then try steaming it lightly, and top off with your favourite sauce.
Try to incorporate this nutritious green leafy vegetable at your next meal, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just remember to add some healthy fats to your greens as this will help with absorption of nutrients. Saute with coconut oil, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil or simply top off with some walnuts, flax or chia seeds. The possibilities are endless. Eat up!