Today is National Kale Day. Yup, today is the day that the world celebrates kale. Health benefits galore, kale does bring something fabulous to your kitchen table. I’m not really sure how National Kale Day began or why, but let us all rejoice anyway. Kale recipes are always a hit at our house, even with my picky (or “selective” as we like to call it) eaters.
While there are many great kale health benefits, it is also fairly consistently a member of those dirty dozen lists, so opt for organic kale to avoid the pesticides.
Why are kale health benefits important to me?
Well, I’m so glad you asked. How about we take a deeper look at how kale can help our bodies stay healthy for some more proof as to why it deserves it’s very own day. According to NationalKaleDay.org, one cup of raw kale…
- contains just 33 calories
- provides 134% of your daily vitamin C needs
- provides 684% of your daily vitamin K needs
- provides 204% of vitamin A
- is an excellent source of calcium and iron
In fact, cooked kale may even have more iron per ounce than beef! (Another excellent reason to consider going vegetarian!)
What’s the best way to celebrate National Kale Day?
The best way to celebrate is by eating kale, of course!
So let’s get on with the celebration, shall we? We’ll get together and raise a fork because we all love kale, health benefits, color, taste, and all. In case you are wondering what to serve at your kalebration, here are XX kale recipes that your guests will go crazy over:
Kale Health Benefits
Keep your brain sharp.
Something as easy as adding more leafy greens such as kale to your diet could help slow cognitive decline, because they are loaded with vitamin K. I’m not sure about you, but I’d like to keep my brain in tact, thank you very much.
Keeps cancer at bay.
There is strong evidence that the protective action of cruciferous vegetables comes, at least in part, from a group of phytochemicals with known cancer preventive activities. Additionally, a chemical produced when digesting such greens as kale (called 3,3′-diindolylmethane, or DIM) can stifle the growth of human prostate cancer cells. And a well-known anti-cancer agent (known as sulforaphane) found in cruciferous vegetables such as kale has been shown to hold off late stages of cell growth in breast cancer.
Boost your immune system.
That same compound may help boost the immune system, potentially increasing blood levels of proteins that regulate the immune system. And a stronger immune system means less illness.
Keeps your eyes healthy.
One recent study found that diets that includes plenty of green, leafy vegetables such as kale may lower the risk of glaucoma. High in beta carotene, kale consumption is also associated with a reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration. Certain antioxidants found in dark leafy green vegetables can also help to prevent cataracts and blindness.
Keeps your bones strong.
Not only is kale high in calcium, research shows that the body absorbs that calcium from kale even better than it does calcium from spinach.
20 Kale Recipes
And when I say “fabulous” you can bet I mean it. You may be able to kill them with kindness, but you can save them with kale! Check out these kale recipes for yourself and let me know which ones you are planning to try:
Kale Appetizer Recipes:
Kale Salad Recipes:
Kale Salad with Goat Cheese, Sunflower Seeds and Cranberries
Kale Chopped Salad with Berries and Freekeh (or Quinoa)
Easy Kale and Quinoa Tabouli Salad
Baby Kale and Raisin Salad
Cranberry Kale Salad
Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Red, White and Blue Kale Salad
Massaged Kale Salad with Cranberries, Quinoa, Feta and Macadamia nuts
Vegan Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad
Kale Soup Recipes:
Kale Main Course Recipes:
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