It seems that kale has become one of the popular kids these days. Just a few years ago I had never even heard of it, and now it’s consistently the first vegetable on my food shopping list each week. Different foods can certainly become fads for a period of time, but I personally don’t think kale is one of them. I think this guy has risen to our awareness for a reason; I think kale is here to stay. If you haven’t brought this leafy green vegetable into your life just yet, I highly suggest you do so — but not before reading these 5 reasons behind my suggestion!
1. It’s a detox food.
Kale contains both fiber and sulfur — both of which aid in the health of your liver, helping to rid your body of toxins. Here’s an awesome kale smoothie recipe that will help your body detoxify!
2. Vitamin A, vitamin A, vitamin A.
Kale contains over 100% of your daily vitamin A requirement — 133% to be exact, which is more than any other leafy green in existence. Vitamin A does incredible things for your immune system, is great for your vision, and can even help fight cancer by inhibiting the production of DNA in cancerous cells.
3. It’s anti-inflammatory.
Many of the foods we’re regularly exposed to — like cereals, grains, processed foods, and more — can cause inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can contribute to illnesses like depression, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, so it’s important to avoid foods that we know will inflame us. Kale’s anti-inflammatory properties come from the presence of omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to play an important role in its reduction!
4. It’s easy to grow.
I haven’t tried growing kale myself just yet, but my sources tell me that I probably should. While kale grows best in cold-weather conditions, it can actually be grown in most climates — and during any season. If you don’t have access to an outdoor garden, you can even grow it in a pot, as long as it has at least 6 inches of space in the pot to grow. Kale is also pretty skilled at resisting disease — it’s a gardening beginner’s dream!
5. Kale chips are delicious.
If you haven’t yet tried kale chips, please let your first time be with homemade kale chips. They’re incredibly simple to make, and I have yet to find a store-bought version that tastes better than homemade kale chips.
A simple (delicious) kale chips recipe: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Break your (rinsed) kale into bite-size pieces, drizzle with olive oil, and toss with a pinch of sea salt and garlic powder. Place the pieces on a cookie sheet, pop it in the oven for about 15 minutes (or until it’s crispy), and you’re good to go. Simple as pie and delicious as can be.
These are just 5 of the many, many reasons to incorporate kale into your diet. Add your own reasons in the comments!
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