The Health Benefits of Kale and Two Easy Recipes

The Health Benefits of Kale and Two Easy Recipes

You have probably noticed a growing number of recipes that involve the new so-called “super food” kale. This leafy green vegetable is actually a great option for your menu if you are trying to follow a healthy diet and get fit. It is actually one of the healthiest vegetables you can incorporate into your daily menu. So read the lines below to learn more about the benefits of consuming kale and how to cook it, then head to the supermarket and stock up on it!

Kale is a member of the cabbage family (which is kind of obvious if you look at it) and comes in two variations: one with smooth leaves and curly kale (the latter is more popular than the former). It is best to store it in the fridge. Keep in mind that its taste can be slightly bitter and the longer you keep it in the fridge, the bitterer it becomes, so it is best to consume it within two or three days after you have bought it. Another fact is that a serving of kale is only thirty calories: great for your weight loss plan, if you are following one! Besides, this leafy vegetable is full of great nutrients: vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K, and in great quantities! Not to mention how much minerals and healthy fatty acids you can find in it.

The great benefits of kale for your body include:

  • It contributes a lot to digestion.
  • It increases your metabolism significantly.
  • It helps out in case you want to lose weight.
  • It lowers bad cholesterol levels.
  • Kale can also help you build strong bones.
  • It protects against macular degeneration.
  • Kale helps you combat inflammation.
  • Kale can also prevent cancer.
  • It fights against autoimmune diseases.
  • It helps against age-related chronic diseases.
  • It can help you sleep better too.
  • Kale can improve eyesight.
  • Kale relieves stiffness in the joints.
  • It provides your immune system with a boost.
  • It helps for the detoxification of your body.
  • It preserves your liver healthy.

Now let’s take a look at two possible recipes you can try out if you are trying to incorporate kale in your eating regime. To be honest, its sturdy texture and bitter taste can make this green vegetable a challenge for cooks. However, you should not be afraid! Take a look at our two offers:

Kale Pesto is a great idea for a pasta sauce. All you will need is are some pine nuts, parmesan, three gloves of garlic, olive oil, about 80 to 100 grams of kale, the juice of one lemon and some pasta of your choice. Place the nuts, the parmesan, the garlic, the olive oil, kale and the lemon juice in a food processor and make a paste out of it. Add spices depending on your taste. Add it to the hot, freshly boiled pasta and you will have a great meal in no time! You can keep the pesto in the fridge for up to a week or freeze it for a month.

Pasta with kale and roast chicken is also a delicious option. You will need braised in the form of a purée, some white meat, chickpeas or white beans, drained and rinsed, some salt, pepper and ground coriander. Heat and cook the ingredients in a pan and stir it until they are very hot. Meanwhile, boil the pasta of your choice. Mix everything and you have another healthy, nutritious meal!

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