The Kale Kick

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Like so many people these days, we have hopped on board the kale bandwagon. In addition to being chalk full of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients, you don’t need to be a top chef to prepare kale at home.[1]

There are 20 nutrients in kale and in just one cup of the stuff get over 100% of your daily value of vitamin K and A. Rich in glucosinolates, kale can help create cancer-destroying enzymes and inhibitors of carcinogenesis in your body.[2]  The health benefits of kale seem to be endless, so here are just a few ways to get kale in your daily diet.

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Blend it Add a cup of chopped kale to your morning smoothie to get a quick nutrient boost. Try the Superpower Morning Smoothie from Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, the founding editor of The Kitchn.

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Bake it If you are a fan of crunchy snacks, kale chips are a great healthy alternative to chips. All you need is a few ingredients, a half an hour and a your favorite seasoning and you’ll be munching away, guilt free. Try Crispy Kale Chips from In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita. Watch Stefano weekdays at 3:30 PM on CBC.

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Chop it A perfect option for a quick lunch. Kale won’t wilt in your Tupperware so you’ll have a fresh, crunchy lunch even if you prepare it the night before. Try the Plant Goddess Salad by Torrie Pattillo, writer, nutrition expert and founder of www.HolisticVoyage.com.

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Sautéed it If you aren’t a big fan of the flavour of fresh kale, this is a great way to prepare a bunch of kale quickly. Nava Atlas’s Sauteed Kale with Tahini-Lemon Sauce from VegKitchen is great for a tasty side dish.


[1] “What’s New and Beneficial About Kale.” The World’s Healthiest Foods. (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38). Para 5.

[2] “Superfoods: Kale.” Life Extension Magazine, July 2008. (http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/jul2008_Kale-Cancer-Protection-Healthy-Eye-Heart-Benefits_01.htm) Para 5.

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