How To Make Kale Taste Absolutely Awesome
By Jenna Barrington
Kale is really good for you. If you’ve been wandering the health community long enough, then you know that this is true.
You probably also know that kale is NOT the easiest food to get your family to eat! It can be bitter, coarse and rather unenjoyable if not prepared properly.
Today, I want to show you how to make kale taste REALLY GOOD! Believe me, not only is it possible, but it is actually quite easy! Once you master the art of kale, even your most leafy-green hating friends will be asking you for recipes.
How To Make Kale Taste Awesome
In Salad: Use kale that is as fresh as possible. The older kale gets, the more bitter it becomes. BEFORE putting the salad together, put the kale in a large bowl and mix it with olive oil. Then use your fingers to gently massage the kale leaves until you feel the fibers softening/breaking up. This will reduce any bitterness and bring out the desirable flavors in kale. This seriously makes such a big difference!
In Soup: Ever thought of using kale in soup? Add kale in during the last 5 minutes of a soup recipe to add a host of nutrients and some extra flavor. Cooking it takes away the bitter taste and gives you more texture. This is a good way to use that last bit of kale that might otherwise go bad.
As Chips: You can make a really tasty side dish out of kale chips! Simply massage the leaves in coconut oil, season with salt, pepper, cayenne or any type of seasoning you wish, lay them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (be sure to check them around 7 minutes to make sure that they aren’t burning!). My husband can’t eat most conventional chips and these are one of our favorite alternatives.
In Smoothies: Use baby kale if you can as it is naturally softer and less bitter. Always use super fresh or frozen kale in your smoothies; freezing it is a great way to tone down the bitter flavor and add some cold substance to help thicken your smoothie. If you’re new to using kale, start small. Add a little bit to your smoothie recipes and then more and more as you get used to the flavor. Using strong-tasting fruits like pineapple and other tropicals is also a great way to mask any bitterness.
In Juice: Again, fresh baby kale is best for flavor. Juicer’s with trained taste buds can also enjoy heavy amounts of regular kale in their juice. Work up to it! Start small, mix it with juice from lemon or other citrus fruits and don’t be afraid of a little bitterness. With time, you may come to really enjoy it!
The Health Benefits Of Kale
Kale is high in vitamin K, which is vital for healthy blood clotting and overall cardiovascular wellbeing. Maintaining good levels of vitamin K may be key in preventing heart disease and calcification.
There is also some evidence that vitamin K may help those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Kale is full of powerful antioxidants (and over 45 flavonoids!) and vitamins that rid the body of free radicals, which in turn helps to prevent diseases like cancer.
Inflammation is the root cause of SO many health problems. Kale contains about 10% of your daily need for omega-3 fatty acids – powerful anti-inflammatories, which may help to reduce symptoms of arthritis, asthma and autoimmune conditions.
Kale and other similar leafy greens are full of fiber and sulfur, which help to keep the digestive system clean and detox your entire body.
Don’t let that bag of kale sit in your fridge untouched! Adding kale and other leafy greens to your diet is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Do you have an amazing kale recipes we need to try? Please share below!
Jenna Barrington is studying Therapeutic Nutrition and Holistic Medicine and aspires to be a practitioner, teacher and writer. She is passionate about education and helping others take control of their health.
Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
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