Runner’s Zen: What is Kale and Why is it So Good For You?

Being an avid blogger myself and having read a ton of blogs, I’ve noticed a trend lately… kale. When I first started reading about how people were using kale, I wasn’t super interested. I didn’t know much about kale. I didn’t know how to use kale; I actually didn’t even know what kale looked like. As time went on, I noticed more and more people were hoping on the kale train and I figured I needed to education myself on kale and why it’s becoming so popular.

According to Wikipedia, kale is a form of cabbage with green or purple leaves in which the central leaves do not form a head. Basically, it’s like a huge leafy bundle of green. When digging deeper and learning more about kale, I realized the amazing nutritional value that came with kale ingestion.

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin and has a ton of calcium. When kale is chopped up and raw it contains sulforaphane which is a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. It also has a lot of indole-3-carbinol which is a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells (source here).

What sparked my interest however, was the claim that you could make “kale chips” that tasted amazing and would be an amazing replacement for any crispy, crunchy snack you usually have, so I gave it a try. Needless to say, kale chips are officially a staple in my diet and it’s rare I go a day without consuming kale in some form. After many attempts at kale chips, I’d like to share my recipe with you. This is a great snack or to have with as a side dish with dinner. It’s low in calories, high in flavor and is so incredibly easy to make you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making them all along.

Ingredients

1 bunch of kale
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
garlic powder

Directions

– wash the kale and break the leaves up into bite size pieces in a plastic bag (with no holes), you will need to separate the leaves from the stems.
– pour in a good amount of olive oil so that when you shake it up, all of the leaves are covered, but there isn’t a lot of excess oil in your bag.
– grind some sea salt into the bag, and sprinkle garlic powder into the bag.
– close the top of the bag with your hand and shake, mixing up all of the ingredients.
– repeat adding in salt and garlic powder if you wish
– place the kale onto a baking sheet lined with either tinfoil or parchment paper.
– bake in the oven at a medium temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure you watch the kale because it can burn rather quickly sometimes.
– serve on a plate!

This is what my kale chips look like usually:

I would definitely recommend you try this recipe. Kale isn’t for everyone. I know a few people who have tried it and really didn’t like it, but I also know a lot more people who tried it and loved it. For an extensive article about the benefits of kale, please click here.

I’m interested to know what you think of kale if you’ve tried it before! Please share your thoughts with me in the comment section below.

Until next time – stay healthy!

Sarah xo

Happy Lifting!

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