You’ve all heard by now the never ending health benefits related to eating kale. It’s super high in nutrients and incredibly low in calories so you can see it’s appeal. It’s rich in antioxidants, is a major anti-inflammatory and can add bad-ass cancer fighter to its resume. Now that you’ve got the “I should be eating this” part down, the next step is how to eat it. Kale is a leafy green so people seem drawn to only making salads with it. We love salads, we really do, but there’s so much more you can do in the kitchen with kale. Getting creative is the best part so here’s the scoop on our fave ways to eat kale.
- Add it to a green juice. This is probably one of our faves for obvious reasons. Kale can be a bit bitter to the taste so why not blend it up and reap all its nutritional benefits mixed with apples, ginger, lemon, and spinach in a fresh juice over ice? You’ll receive your daily amount of vitamins in just one juice.
- Sauteéd. This might just trump sauteed spinach. Over medium to high heat saute some garlic in olive oil and add kale. Cook covered for about 5 minutes. It’s a great dinner side dish. You can get even more creative and add sauteéd kale to your scrambled eggs or omelettes for a yummy breakfast option. Better yet, saute some kale and add it to a pasta dish! The options are endless people.
- Chips. Super easy to cook and the kids will love them. Grab your kale leaf of preference. Remove the leaves from the stem. Lay them flat on a baking sheet (keep in mind they should be side by side, don’t overlap because they won’t cook right if you do). Brush olive oil over the leaves and drizzle salt + pepper over them. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. If you want to get extra fancy, sprinkle a little parmesan cheese over them and put them back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Voila. Crispy. Cheesy. Kale chips.
- Add it to a soup. Really though, you can add kale to ANY kind of soup. Tortellini, white bean, chicken, meatball soup, the world is your oyster. Whether you add the leaves or you blend it for a creamy soup you’re bound to find a few favorite recipes.
- Substitute kale for lettuce in your burgers, sandwiches, and even toasts & tartines. It’s a great way get those nutrients in even when you feel like having a cheat day by eating a burger.
- Tossed in a salad (you knew it was coming). We like to mix different greens like kale and spinach or kale and arugula. You can’t go wrong. Whether you add quinoa and black beans or tomatoes, feta and cucumbers. Have fun with it.