What is this kale stuff that people speak of?
According to WebMD it’s a leafy green that belongs to the Brassica family. Other members of the Brassica family are cabbage, broccoli, collards and Brussels sprouts. I was introduced to kale by a friend, whose high praise of the leafy green I couldn’t quite understand- at the time. Okay, it’s high in nutrition but so are many other veggies I adore, so what makes kale so special?
Why is kale good?
Let’s compare cabbage and kale. Both are from the same family of vegetables, both are leafy greens and both you can serve in identical ways.
MyFitnessPal reports that in one cup of raw cabbage there is a daily value of:
- 3% vitamin A
- 48% vitamin C
- 4% calcium
- 3% iron
Not bad right? Especially the daily value of vitamin C. Now, compare that to the superfood kale.
MyFitnessPal states that in one cup of raw kale there is a daily value of:
- 206% vitamin A
- 134% vitamin C
- 9% calcium
- 6 % iron
There is slightly more calories in kale, 34 in a cup, versus 21 calories for a cup of cabbage, but in those 13 calories you get something substantially more nutritious.
I’m not saying ditch your cabbage, but I am saying possibly chopping come kale into your coleslaw wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Be aware though, kale can affect someone taking an anticoagulant. So if you’re taking prescription medications make sure with your doctor that it’s okay for you to chomp down on kale.
What can I do with kale?
If you’re Misha Collins, you can get your fans to make outfits out of the vegetable. Not a bad idea, but the wearer will be missing out on all of that delicious nutrition.
I’m fond of kale’s semi-spicy broccoli/cabbage flavor. It seems to go well in everything. Here’s a list of easy things to do with your bag of kale.
- Chop fine and sprinkle on pizza
- Slice into small strips and add to stew or chili
- Sauté with other vegetables and pour over potatoes or pasta
- Dice 1 cup and add to your garlic roll recipe
- Use in place of lettuce for your wrap or sandwich
- Bake into chips
Is kale really one vegetable to rule them all?
Well, as Misha said, “my love of kale is…profound,” but a variety of vegetables is advisable. Don’t get board of what you eat. A wide range of veggies will help you obtain a well-rounded supply of nutrients. With that said, it doesn’t mean I won’t be adding kale into anything and everything I can possibly imagine!