Why you should eat more Kale
Kale is a hearty, green leafy vegetbale that, until recently, wasn’t thought of a something fir for humans to eat. I personally had never heard of the stuff until we received some in our weekly CSA batch. After watching Forks over Knives, I decided to give it a try. Surprisingly, I have come to not only appreciate its health benefits, but also enjoy the taste.
It has become so popular that KRISTIN TILLOTSON of the Star Tribune recently ran an article touting the rise of the lowly kale. In it, she points out the many health benefits of kale, but also how it’s a robust plan for us to grow in Minnesota. “It grows when it’s snowing; it grows when it’s hot.”
Why Runners should eat more Kale
Here are just a few reasons I’ve found why kale is a super food, and especially important in the diet of runners.
- Kale is “packed with nutrient rich photochemicals and health promoting benefits. It is rich in calcium, lutein, vitamin C, A, E and K, and tons of beta-carotene. Loaded with fiber, kale is a superior vegetable by any standards.” (Source)
- One cup of kale “includes over 1000% of your daily recommended vitamin K, an antioxidant that promotes bone growth and regulates blood clotting. In fact, kale’s vitamin K content surpasses that of broccoli, spinach and collard greens.” (Source)
- Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef . . . Kale [also] contains more calcium per calorie than milk (90 grams per serving) and is better absorbed by the body than dairy.” (Source)
- 1 bunch kale stemmed and finely chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1 avocado peeled and pitted
- Juice from 1 lemon
- Salt to taste