For those (few) of you who like dealing with numbers, here are your interesting stats for the day. A single cup of raw kale contains:
- 206 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A,
- a staggering 684 percent of the RDA of vitamin K,
- and 134 percent of the RDA of vitamin C.
That, along with its wealth of other vitamins and minerals, justifies its rank as one of the best superfoods on the market. It’s one of the most densely nutritious vegetables available and, although its calorie content is barely existent, there’s no disputing it leaves you feeling full and satisfied after just one portion.
Knowing that it is nutritious for the body is great, but it doesn’t mean we know what to do with it. Is this rather intimidating vegetable meant to be cooked or eaten raw, whole or chopped up, as a salad or a side dish? The good news is that all of these options are both doable and delicious! Kale is an incredibly versatile ingredient that you will learn to love after reading through all the ways you can use it.
Here are eight delicious recipes made using kale, and they’re all cooked and eaten in totally different ways.
Yes, we did say chips. These crispy bites of wholesome kale can be dressed with a variety of toppings and enjoyed salty, spicy, or just plain and tasty! Click here to learn how to bake your own kale chips, or head to your local supermarket as most now stock healthy, ready-made options.
Asian-Inspired Kale Salad
Kale and Quinoa Cakes
Gluten-free and vegan, these little gems are packed full of goodness. Top with a burger bun for the ultimate veggie burger.
Kale and Apple Cake
Move over dates and bananas; there’s a new contender in the ring. Gooey, indulgent, and full of goodness, this kale cake recipe is a game changer.
Kale Breakfast Omelette
Omelettes are found on many a healthy breakfast table, but adding in some chopped kale takes them to a whole new level. This recipe from Jamie Oliver has a few other additions that make for a winning morning kick-start.
Basil is never going to go out of fashion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment. Kale pesto packs more of a punch and its nutritional value far outweighs that of its other pesto friends. Click here for the perfect recipe to make your own.
Carly Rothman is the blogger behind LeanLivingGirl, a health and fitness website based in Dubai.