Kale can only be described as super food. If you want to live a long healthy life EAT KALE. The leafy greens contain an astounding cocktail of nutrients such as Beta carotene (found to prevent cancer in pre-menopausal women), Vitamin K (assists in blood coagulation), Vitamin C (helps body process collagen which is important for a lot of things including keeping the skin youthful) and calcium (bone and teeth health). And when I say it's "high" in these things I'm not kidding you! Just over a cup of this curly cruciferous vegetable provides you with: 14% of you daily calcium needs, 659% of your daily vitamin A (great for healthy skin) and 900% of you daily vitamin K! Booya!
I know what you're thinking: That's all well and good but how to I eat the stuff? I'll be honest. Kale is an acquired taste. It takes a little trial and error to find the right ways to eat it. But it really is worth the effort! I like my kale finely sliced, fried in butter, then scrambled in eggs on toast; finely sliced in salads (with spinach, lettuce, red onion and pine nuts); in smoothies (with blueberries, yoghurt, banana, nuts and raw cacao). I feed these smoothies to my kids and they have no idea that kale lurks beneath the chocolate flavoured goodness. It's the perfect crime.
I also juice my kale with apple, lemon, cucumber and ginger. It's a refreshing healthful elixir!
So which kind of kale do you opt for? Good question! There a many different kinds. The most common (in New Zealand) are curly kale and cavolo nero. I prefer curly kale for actual eating while both are fine for smoothies and juices.
If you need more ideas of how to cook your kale check out the cook book 50 shades of kale.
Kale tastes like dirt shit out of a rabbit's butt. It looks like rotten seaweed that has dried out in the desert. I wouldn't eat kale - even if you put it with bacon. Even bacon can't help kale. Kale is supposedly "healthy." But people once said that about cigarettes and yoghurt so I'm not fooled. Oh no, no, no! Sometimes, people try to do stuff like make kale into chips. Bahahahahaha. As if they taste like real potato chips! And also you don't need to replace potato chips because they are made out of potatoes which are very healthy. The other thing people like to do is hide kale in smoothies but it just tastes like you whizzed up some grass from your backyard with your banana and chia seeds. Like we didn't know it was in there!! Anyway, I hate kale. You probably do too. You probably just pretend to like it because it is in fashion. You probably get up early on a Saturday to go and buy it from a market. I prefer to lie in bed and eat pancakes - which are good for the soul! Unlike kale. Kale is not good for the soul.