In 2011, Gwenyth Paltrow made kale chips on The Ellen Show, and the rest is history: We now live in a world obsessed with a leafy green. Kale continues to dominate the realm of superfoods today — even claiming its own National Kale Day.
Why should we hop on the kale bandwagon? For the health benefits! This produce section superstar is chock full of antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Here are some unique ways to incorporate kale into your diet:
Add kale to your next batch of chicken soup. The longer cooking time and extra spices make a world of difference in the taste department.
Something so nutritious just became extremely tasty and wonderfully crunchy. And making the chips takes no more time than making a salad. Remove the stems, wash the kale, toss the dry leaves with avocado oil, and bake them for 12 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Add a sprinkle of sea salt and chili pepper (chili powder?) when they’re out of the oven and voilà — you have a salty (and spicy) snack!
Give your next smoothie a nutritious boost by adding a couple kale leaves. This works best in fruit smoothies—the sweetness masks Kale’s somewhat bitter taste.
Lettuce is so last year. Use kale leaves as the bed for your next salad. Finding the texture of kale too tough? Massage the salad dressing into the kale leaves for about five minutes. This softens the leaves and makes them more delicious and digestible. Baby kale works best, but you can even use full-size kale. Add in chunks of pear or strawberries and crushed nuts for a fun, fruity salad.