Superfoods are a quick and easy way to get some serious nutrients into your body. Examples include chia seeds, goji berries, avocados and flax seeds. But out of all the superfoods out there, kale is on top.
National Kale Day celebrates kale’s incredible health benefits by highlighting kale’s culinary versatility and promoting eating, growing and sharing kale throughout America. This grassroots movement was started by Dr. Drew Ramsey and Chef Jennifer Iserloh in 2013. The two joined forces to write the book 50 Shades of Kale and a health-friendly holiday was born!
Kale is not only a superfood, it is a superhero when it comes to health. Kale is the king of the cruciferous vegetable family, which means you get plant-based power in your diet that goes well beyond just standard vitamins and minerals. Kale is packed with special “phytonutrients” molecules making it a power plant that can help fight obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, just a fistful of kale daily may have the power to battle cancer, inflammation, and low moods. Add to that protein, high levels of vitamin C and K, iron, omega-3, and fiber – nutrients that many Americans are sorely missing from their diet. Now that’s some powerful green stuff.
Besides being nutrient-dense, kale also happens to be hearty, which means it travels well and lasts for up to a week when stored in a loose paper or plastic bag in your refrigerator crisper. It’s also extremely versatile. Cooking kale does not cause it to lose valuable nutrients.
Celebrations of National Kale Day take place all over the country in home kitchens, restaurants, schools and even online. The kale “kraze” is here to stay and National Kale Day is a driving force behind keeping up enthusiasm. For even more nutritional information and recipes from National Kale Day, head on over to nationalkaleday.org.