The health benefits of kale

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for an amazing recipe for kale chips!

I LOVE KALE! I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been craving it like crazy. I just want to eat it by the fistful. And then, when I went to tend to my garden plot this weekend I noticed that the kale I left to over winter had some beautiful new leaves on it. I promptly snipped some off and brought them home to sautee in olive oil and garlic. It was exactly what my body needed.

Why kale is so darn good for you
• Steamed kale can help lower cholesterol
• Kale can help reduce the risk of developing cancer
• It offers anti-inflammatory benefits – great for those who suffer from arthritis
• It’s high in antioxidants
• Kale is chock-full of vitamin K, which is good for your bone health, your arteries, it helps your blood clot normally and can help prevent prostate and liver cancers

Kale is delicious and healthy! I'd like seconds please.

Kale is delicious and healthy! I'd like seconds please.

Serving size
Kale is a cruciferous vegetable. If you want to reap the benefits of kale and other cruciferous veggie (like cabbage, broccoli, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and rapini), it is recommended that you get at least two to three servings a week at 1-1/2 cups per serving.

How to cook kale
Though it can be cooked a myriad of ways, apparently the healthiest way to prepare kale is to steam it.

Or, try tasty kale chips
Canadian Living’s Food Director Annabelle Waugh recently posted a recipe for kale chip on The Food Blog. You won’t want to miss out on it. It was a huge hit!

Kale recipes you’ll love
Lemon Kale with Chickpeas
White Bean and Kale Soup
Kale, Bean and Sausage Soup
Curried Potato Kale Galette

Do you love kale?