Vibrant in color and filled with beneficial nutritients, leafy green kale is a deliciously versatile ingredient served as
a side dish or salad or added to pasta, soups, and casseroles.
Green means go, especially when it comes to kale. The vibrant green color of kale means it is full of health benefits. For
example, the vitamins and minerals found in kale serve as anti-inflammatory agents, immune boosters, and aid in cancer prevention.
Kale is also rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from damage caused by cell death and is a natural detoxifier,
helping clean the body from impurities. The high fiber content in kale aids in digestion by trapping cholesterol, preventing
it from building up in the walls of the heart.Recipe: Garlic-Roasted Kale
Pasta with Black Kale, Caramelized Onions, and Parsnips
The garlic in this recipe will add to the heart-healthy benefits of the kale by helping to expand the blood vessels, thus
lowering lower blood pressure. Black kale is just a different variety that will be more tender when cooked, but still has
the same nutritional value.
It’s not just the orange vegetables that help you see better in the dark, green ones do too. Kale is rich in vitamin A, which
prevents vision loss. Lacinato kale is also referred to as dinosaur kale because it is larger than the common variety and
often used in Italian cooking.
With a shake this good, who knew it would be considered healthy, it’s not even green. Kale serves as a nutrient booster along
with wheat germ and raspberries, both high in folic acid needed for new cell growth.
The combination of spinach and kale adds a double dose of health benefits. Both are have loads of vitamin E which help prevent
memory loss and vital for brain function. This would work great as a Meatless Monday recipe, and could even have for lunch
the next day.