It’s the middle of the afternoon and you’re craving a snack. Although common sense tells you not to return to your bad habit of eating sugary pick-me-ups or a bag of drenched in oil, over-salted chips, munching on those nutritious organic rice crackers that taste like sawdust do not exactly fit the bill, either. If you’re overcome with the dilemma of finding the perfect snack food balance, search no further for the solution: try snacking on kale!
Kale is the leafy green vegetable that has recently taken center stage in the produce section in every grocery store and can be most commonly found on restaurant menus, featured in Food Networks shows, splashed across healthy living magazine pages, and hashtagged on celebrity Instagram feeds. There are several reasons why the cabbage’s relative has gained popularity and has been given the new title of “Queen of Greens” so read all about it here:
- Kale is low in calories.
Calorie counters rejoice, kale is low in calories, high in fiber and has 0 grams of fat.
- Kale is a source of many essential vitamins.
If you feel like you’re not consuming your daily dose of essential vitamins, eat some kale and get your vitamin A, C and K. By eating a side order of kale, you’re getting your Vitamin A which helps to improve vision, skin and prevent oral and lung cancer, Vitamin C which helps to boost your metabolism and aid in hydration, and your Vitamin K which helps to prevent blood clotting and aid in a variety of bodily functions.
- Kale is high in iron and calcium
Surprisingly, kale contains more iron than beef, which means that if you can substitute your meat for vegetables and still get the health benefits. Iron is essential for the process of transporting oxygen around your body and is found in the blood and liver. Similarly, a serving of kale (90g per serving) has more calcium than a cup of milk so instead of just drinking a glass of milk in the morning, you can get your calcium intake at all hours of the day.
- Kale is a good detox food
If you feel like you’ve been eating a lot of heavy or unhealthy food, eating kale can help detox your body. It is high in fiber and sulfur, and is an excellent way to clean out your body to keep your liver happy and healthy.
Although many people are sold on the idea that kale is indeed a nutrition standout, it’s finding ways to incorporate it into our everyday diet that can be the rate determining step, so trying starting with this: a simple yet tasty recipe that requires little prep or effort. Did I mention tasty? Kale chips are the new potato chips and not only do they have the same satisfying, crispy crunch of a chip, they also have all the health benefits. Try this; you’ll be converted!
Kale Chips Recipe
1 bunch of fresh kale leaves, well-washed and dried
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Coarse sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. On a cutting board, use a kitchen knife to chop the kale into bite-sized pieces.
3. Place the pieces in a large bowl and lightly drizzle them with olive oil. Using your hands, toss the kale until the leaves are evenly coated with oil.
4. Lay the kale pieces evenly on to a lined baking sheet, and sprinkle course sea salt on top of them.
5. Bake for 12 minutes or until kale is dark green and crunchy.
6. Remove from oven, let cool, and then serve.
Written by: Kels Tham