In continuation of our 5-part series on healthy and delicious food trends, we are featuring kale as this week’s tasty trend. As a dark green, leafy superfood, kale packs an impressive amount of nutrients and is a great addition to any diet.
A single serving of kale provides a daily dose of vitamin C, twice your daily recommended amount of vitamin A and seven times your daily recommended amount of vitamin K. A single cup also contains 90 milligrams of calcium in a form that is 25% better absorbed than that from milk. It’s a great source of magnesium, flavonoids and antioxidants, especially zeaxanthin and lutein which protect the retinas from age-related macular degeneration. Kale also provides anti-inflammatory benefits and, as a cruciferous superfood, contains cancer-fighting properties.
Kale is a protein-rich vegetable at a 3:1 carbohydrate-to-protein ratio, which is why it has been recently nicknamed the ‘new beef’. Like meat, kale contains all nine amino acids essential to form proteins in the body, along with an additional nine non-essential amino acids. The best part is that these amino acids are easier to extract and use by the body as compared to meat, making it a great substitute.
Try out this week’s tasty trend with our recipe for kale chips, a delicious alternative to potato chips that are quick and easy to make!
1 head of kale
1 can coconut oil spray
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch sea salt
- Break the leaves apart from the head of the kale and place them in a bowl. Gently rinse the leaves under water and pat them dry. Remove the stems in the middle of the kale leaves, as they are bitter.
- Place the kale on a baking sheet and spray with a light coating of coconut oil.
- Sprinkle the cayenne pepper and sea salt over the kale. If desired, try using other seasonings to create different flavors.
- Bake at 375⁰ F for 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
We also recommend adding kale to smoothies, salads and soups to get your daily dose of this nutrient-rich superfood!
At Home Care Assistance, we are dedicated to promoting a healthy and happy lifestyle for older adults. Through our holistic approach to care, the Balanced Care Method™, we encourage positive habits like healthy, mindful eating to promote longevity and quality of life.