Katelyn’s Take on No-Fail Kale

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Katelyn Bittke, Opinions Editor

Whether you’re a health nut or not, you have probably heard the word “kale” brought up in any type of nutritional debate. From kale chips and kale salad, to kale smoothies and kale soup, the list is seemingly endless.

The craze has been ongoing for some time now within the trendy Hollywood scene. Actresses like Jennifer Aniston and Lucy Hale swear by it, and recently the green has become a staple in the average family’s refrigerator. Kale used to be the lowest vegetable on the totem pole, where you could usually only find it as a decorative piece in five-star swanky restaurants. When juicing became an easy and fresh approach to health, kale was then brought to the blender.

Fitness experts and nutritionists alike have finally noticed kale for not only its crisp texture, but also for how many nutrients are actually jam packed into each crinkly edge. In just one cup of kale there is about six grams of fiber, iron, calcium, zero grams of fat, 200 percent of vitamins C and A and over 1000 percent of vitamin K. Talk about a super food!

Now you may ask, if this so called kale is really that good for me, then why haven’t my parents been forcing it down my throat with the green beans and carrots? Well, the only logical reason for that is that raw kale is about as tasty as a jalapeno pepper dipped in prune juice. That’s where the creative chefs and trainers come into play. By adding kale into a smoothie or popping it in the oven, you will find the veggie not only edible, but also appetizing!

Where can you get this magical vegetable? Besides finding it in any grocery store, it’s really simple to grow in your own backyard; even Illinois frost is not an enemy to this resilient plant. The cost of kale is cheap, but its effects are priceless; therefore, it appears that kale simply cannot fail.

 

 

Katelyn’s Kale Kreations

Kale Chips

  1. In a large bowl, throw in an entire package of washed Kale. (Trust me, it may seem like a lot, but Kale shrinks!)
  2. Next, take olive oil, sea salt and pepper, and start shaking the bowl until the toppings have covered all the leaves.
  3. Finally, heat your oven up to 350 degrees for about 15 minutes and watch the leaves start to shrivel.
  4. Let cool, and snack away on the healthiest chips you will ever eat!

 

Kale Smoothie

The best part about smoothies is that practically anything can be an ingredient. When I make my Kale smoothies, I tend to stick with this recipe, which makes the kale taste practically non-existent.

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • Handful of ice
  • 1 cup kale
  • A mixture of strawberries, and other frozen berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of milled flax seed

 

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