BEING MEAT-FREE for nearly 8 years brought a lot of changes in my diet. In the first few years I was often getting questions, such as “What do you put on your plate next to the salad” or “Not even chicken?!”… The answer is that being meat-free broadened the variety of things I put on my plate and made me discover the passion for cooking experiments and challenging my taste buds. Today, my body is thankful for fueling it with good stuff which allows me to use its full capacity when practicing my brand new hobby: running.
What is good for a runner, and for just anyone, is to get as much nutrition as possible from every meal as this will increase the stamina, strength and good results. A product that easily achieves this is kale: the green leafy super collard that gained popularity in the past few years for being one of the super foods, but is it really one?-Yes, it is… It’s packed to the max with nutrition: low on calories, high in fiber, iron and antioxidants, it is just a must-have on the plate for 2-3 times a week. Its time is now, in the winter season since its leaves are thick and survive in the cold.
These thick leaves store nutrition that can benefit you in so many ways: you can improve your digestion as it is high in fiber, improve your bone health as it has more calcium than milk, boost your immune system as it’s loaded with a lot of vitamin C, it’s high on anti-inflammatory properties. It also has 3 grams of protein per cup of kale which makes it excellent substitute of meat. In other words, if you didn’t put it on your plate until now, it will be a very wise decision to do so and this will shoot you up the road.
Here are 2 ways to not only benefit from this super food but to also enjoy every bite of it:
Combine kale, avocado, spring onions, cucumber, walnuts and grated carrot together and dress it up with: salt&pepper, orange, lemon juice, olive oil and some honey. One full bowl of this salad it is enough to complete a meal.
If you want to have kale when watching a movie, a perfect way to cook it, is to make it into kale chips: all you have to do is bake the kale pieces with some salt&pepper and olive oil.
A lot of people also add kale to their smoothies in order to boost the nutritional value.
At the end of the day, kale is definitely one of the most nutritious foods on the planet: you should trust the trends and add it to your menu.