Saturday, July 31, 2010

"Is there any kale in that?"

July turned out to be a very tasty month of kale eating indeed. Did I eat it every day? Well no, I definitely wasn’t perfect, but I did manage to work it into my diet on most days and I have to say that it’s really grown on me. I get excited when I see it on the menu at a restaurant, I have fun trying to figure out how to sneak it into recipes, and it was definitely a funny topic of conversation: “Is there any kale in that? I’m trying to eat kale every day this month” got me a few funny looks.

The biggest lesson I learned and what I’ll take with me from this month: You can sneak kale into just about anything. Toss some into a smoothie and you won’t even notice the taste. A bit of kale mixed into some scrambled eggs really jazzes ‘em up. Try these delicious apple kale muffins, you’d never guess they were chock full of kale. Basically, kale plays well with others and considering how awesome it is for you, it’s worth it to include it in your cooking whenever you can.

So, I’m officially a kale convert. Thanks to everyone who ate kale with me and supported my kale habit. I think it’s finally time for me to sport the “Eat More Kale” tshirt. And oh wow, this is on the top of my Christmas list.

And tell me I’ve taken it too far but I think Kale or Cael, would be a pretty good name for a baby boy. Sorry future baby’s daddy, my mind’s made up…

Next up for August: The 5 to 9, where I attempt to eat the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Spaghetti with Braised Kale

The afore mentioned kale-centric pasta dish. Surprisingly delicious for being so simple.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tales of Kale

In my search for kale-centric pasta dishes for tonight's dinner, I stumbled on this article, "How I Learned to Love Kale" and thought I'd share. Enjoy and eat more kale!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

"The kale makes the meal"

I just had a very delicious week of kale eating. Highlights were my pear kale smoothie (scroll down a bit for it) , and the lemony chickpea kale stir-fry that Jocelyn and I made the other night. Super easy, light, delicious, healthy, and awesome for summer. Here's some kale talk that happened during our meal:

Danne: "What did you say again? I want to put it in my post"
Jocelyn: "I don't remember"
Danne: "Yes you do, you just don't want to be on the internet"
Jocelyn: "I said, the kale makes the meal. It's like a PSA for kale, ok?"

So, Jocelyn said it best, the kale makes the meal.

In other kale news, I wrote to Bo, the Eat More Kale guy and he sent me a bunch of bumper stickers for free. Thanks Bo, you're the best! Let me know if you want one, I have a few leftover.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Hail to kale!

To kick off July, here are a few facts about kale:

1. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods there is.

2. It has been cultivated for over 2,000 years.

3. It’s a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

4. Studies suggest that the phytonutrients in kale may actually help the liver neutralize potentially cancerous substances.

5. Kale is a cool-weather crop—frost actually makes it taste sweeter and more flavorful.

6. Research has shown that kale consumption is linked to improved mental function as you age.

7. During World War II, the cultivation of kale in the U.K. was encouraged by the Dig for Victory campaign. The vegetable was easy to grow and provided important nutrients to supplement those missing from a normal diet because of rationing.

7. There are several varieties of kale known commonly as: curly kale (pungent flavor with delicious, bitter, peppery qualities), ornamental kale (mellow flavor and tender texture) and dinosaur kale (slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale).

9. Kale can be kept in the refrigerator for several days, although it is best when eaten within one or two days after purchase since the longer it is stored, the more bitter its flavor becomes.

10. Both the leaves and the stem of kale can be eaten.

So, as my kale sistah Jess says: Eat (or drink) more kale!

Sorry Jess, I had to do it haha