Happy National Kale Day!

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Today is National Kale Day and I couldn’t be happier to celebrate this amazing leafy green! Kale inspires me everyday to create nutritious, tasty meals, smoothies, and green juices. Kale is low in calories, high in fiber, and has no fat. There are many types of kale including curly, the most popular and most recognized form of kale. It’s bitter and has a tough stalk that is hard to chop but easy to tear the leaves from. This is definitely my favorite kind of kale and I steam, juice, and saute it often. I find that it usually absorbs the taste of whatever I cook or juice or blend it with, so it’s highly compatible with any recipe. I also love the deep green hue as I know I’m getting the maximum health benefits such as iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Red Russian kale has a purple and green color and the leaves are less tough and more like a typical lettuce. It’s sweeter than its curly counterpart and is also very versatile when it comes to using it for recipes. I usually prefer this kale raw or steamed. I also remove the fibrous stem before preparing. Lacinato or dinosaur kale is long and slender and the darkest green. It is a bit bitter as well and tastes great sauteed. I also juice with it. There are a million reasons I can recommend and celebrate kale. But I’ll simply say that it’s extremely versatile and an amazing source of healthy vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, and also aids in detoxing as it contains lots of fiber and sulphur. So, celebrate today by eating a heaping plate full of kale and celebrate your health and wellness in the process!

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