Kale has become ever more popular, and we know why! It’s a superfood, it’s nutritious, and it’s so easy to blend into juices, smoothies; it’s the superstar in any side dish or entrée.
How has kale grown to such stardom and how has it gained such a cult following? We’re happy to share with you kales benefits, varieties, and how you can easily implement it into your diet.
Bow down: Kale is the queen of greens.
If you realize that you need to implement more vitamins into your diet, you can choose to take a pill supplement, and you can also choose to add more kale to your diet.
Why? Kale provides a nutrient-dense package in such a likable serving. One cup of kale will give your body beneficial fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, and magnesium.
In addition to kales health benefits, kale can also benefit how you look, too. Experts suggest that kale is a great detox. As a detox, kale can improve the look of your skin and combat the aging process.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse.
Kale belongs to the same family of veggies as cabbages, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli—so you know it’s packed with nutritious goodies.
According to Alison Lewis, a food expert and health journalist, “kale is high in Vitamin K, iron (more iron than beef), Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and calcium.” One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 0 grams of fat.
Kale is also an awesome source of antioxidant polyphenols. Kale has more antioxidant polyphenols than any other Brassica veggie. Polyphenols are important because they help to protect against oxidative stress, which also helps protect against the effects of aging.
The different types of kale explained.
There are three main types of kale: curly kale, Lacinato or “dino” kale, and red kale.
Curly Kale looks a lot like a garnish—and that’s because it’s often used as a garnish! But don’t like this fool you, because it’s so much more than a pretty piece of green on a plate. It’s a very common type of kale and you could find it at most grocery stores, and of course, at the farmer’s market.
Lacinato (“Dino”) Kale is a darker variety of kale. It’s flat, crunchy, and it has long stems. It’s also often called “Tuscan Kale” because of its Italian heritage.
Red Kale, also called “Red Russian Kale,” can be spotted from other kale types because of, well, it’s color. But it’s not just the color that separates this type of kale from the others; it’s also the taste. Red Kale is known to be sweeter and less bitter.
How to cook kale and properly store it
Kale is wonderful because you can eat it raw or cooked. If you decide to cook kale, it’s recommended that you cook it lightly so that you can preserve its nutrients. By sprinkling a bit of lemon juice onto kale and letting it sit for a few minutes it further enhances its phytonutrient content.
When storing kale, place it in an airtight storage bag and leave it unwashed in the fridge for up to seven days.
Oh, Kale Yeah! Kale Meal Kits for Delivery
With all of this knowledge, you’re basically a kale master by now. Test our your kale-skills with one of our inspired meal kits. Do you prefer kale cooked or raw? Do you put kale in a salad or do you like it blended into a juice? Tell us what your favorite kale recipe is by leaving a comment or a question below.