If you haven’t discovered the joys of kale, let me tell you some of the reasons why I love it.
At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has:
- Nearly 3 grams of protein
- 2.5 grams of fiber
- Vitamins A, C, and K
- Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development
- Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. (While kale has far less omega-3 than fish, it is another way to get some of this healthy fat into your diet)
- Lutein and zeaxanthin
- Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc.
Do you want the health benefits of kale, but can’t get past the taste and texture? Then let me recommend this Tropical Kale Smoothie. The tropical flavors mask the taste of the kale completely. I like mine a little chunkier, but if you blend it longer, you won’t have any pieces of kale to contend with.
Tropical Kale Smoothie
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup kale, ribs removed
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.
Makes 1-2 servings