Kale is one of my favourite vegetables. I really love its flavour and it has definitely become a staple over the last five years.
I know many of my clients really struggle to enjoy kale and I often wonder whether this is as a result of the way that they cook/prepare it? In my opinion kale is highly versatile as not only can you can add it to curries (instead of spinach), or turn it into crisps (something I don’t always succeed in), add it to a smoothie, you can also make very delicious salads with it.
Beside the fact that it is super versatile, it is also incredibly nutritious. Here are five reasons why you should include Kale in your diet on a daily basis:
High in antioxidants, such as vitamin A and C. In fact, one cup of kale provides around 200% of recommended daily value of Vitamin A (from beta-carotene) and 130% of Vitamin C
Kale is one of the best sources of vitamin K1, with one cup of kale providing 215mcg. This is twice the required daily amount of vitamin K1 (90mcg for women and 125mcg for men). Vitamin K is needed for blood coagulation and delivering calcium to the bones
A good source of calcium
Like other cruciferous vegetables it is high in indole-3-carbinol, which has been shown to be effective in preventing cancer
Contains two key nutrients, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, carotenoid antioxidants that can help in the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts.
What’s not to like?! This Easy Sesame Kale Salad is really simple to make and a great addition to any meal.