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ALL HAIL KALE

March 16, 2017 Jillian McLaren

I conducted a mini social experiment - I went up to strangers and asked them the first thing that came to their mind when I said the word "kale". It didn't take long before their answers became repetitive. The majority of of people responded with some variation or synonym of these three adjectives: healthy, green, and gross. Yes, kale is healthy. Yes, kale is typically green. No, kale is NOT gross. If paired and prepared properly, kale can be lip-smackingly delicious. And if you really can't get over the taste, toss it into a smoothie to mask the flavor, because you don't want to miss out on this nutritional powerhouse.  
Kale comes from the same wild cabbage family as broccoli, cauliflower, and collards. But it's nutrient density outshines all of it's "cousins". It is the queen of green, with it's high levels of minerals, vitamins, powerful antioxidants, and brain boosting phytonutrients. A few of the key vitamins provided by this superfood are vitamin A, C, and K - boosting your vision, immune system, metabolism, and bone health. The antioxidant richness of kale helps counteract oxidative damage by free radicals in your body that can lead to many diseases, including cancer. I could go on and on about research supporting the various benefits of incorporating kale into your diet, but the the bottom line is to just do it. Your body will thank you. 
Seriously, If you are looking for something that is nutrient rich, low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat, then consider making kale your go to. I mean, is there anything else you could ask for in a serving of food? But remember, everything in moderation. One needs a balanced diet and kale alone, as amazing of a superfood it is, is not sufficient to maintain the human body. 



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