How to Add a Kale Kick to Your Eating

How to Add a Kale Kick to Your Eating

You’ve likely seen kale’s popularity on the rise in recent years. As the health industry continues to grow and people become more conscious and aware, foods like kale suddenly become all the hype. What is so good about kale? Well, for one it’s one of the most nutrient dense foods that exists.  With only 33 calories per cup, it contains 2.5 g of fiber and 3 g of protein.  It also contains Vitamin A, K, C, B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium. Lacking iron? Kale’s got you covered there as well, with more iron per calorie than beef. Not to mention, it’s full of antioxidants that help lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure, supports the cardiovascular system, and acts as an anti-inflammatory._x000D_ Sounds pretty great right? But eating cups of raw kale doesn’t sound as great. With a bit of a rough texture, and a slightly bitter taste, on its own kale is not all too appealing. Luckily there are several ways to incorporate kale into your diet, without sacrificing flavour. Follow these two simple recipes to enjoy the benefits of kale._x000D_

Kale Chips

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  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, dried, and stems removed
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  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted) or avocado oil
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  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
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  • ¼ tsp. red chili flakes
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  • ⅛ tsp. ground ginger
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  • Salt and pepper to taste
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_x000D_ Preheat oven to 300F. Tear kale into small pieces, but remember - they will shrink in the oven. Spread them onto the baking sheet and pour the melted coconut oil over the kale, massaging the oil until kale is covered. Sprinkle on the garlic, red chili flakes, ginger, salt, and pepper, tossing to combine. Place in oven and bake for about 15 minutes, toss, and continue to bake until crispy, about 5-10 minutes._x000D_ _x000D_ Shop Coconut Oil_x000D_ _x000D_ Or Avocado Oil_x000D_

Kale Smoothie

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  • 1 cup water
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  • 1 cup apple juice
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  • 1.5 cups frozen mangos
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  • 1 handful kale, stems removed
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  • 1 handful spinach
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_x000D_ In a blender, combine all ingredients including a few cubes of ice if you like your smoothies cold and thick. Blend on high pulse until smooth, about 30-40 seconds. Want to add a bit more protein? We recommend Kaizen Vanilla Whey._x000D_ _x000D_  
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