Seriously, you know how everyone always talks smack about kale? “It’s so tough!” “That’s horse food!” “Bleh!” And whatnot…the truth is, kale CAN BE amazing. To start, it is one of the MOST NUTRIENT RICH vegetables out there! Secondly, if you can get it fresh and organic and cook it just right, it will melt in your mouth! (Badly cooked kale might have you chewing 50 times before it becomes swallow-able…yes, I have done that before!). Rich in calcium, bioflavonoids, and iron. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and helps us detox and ELIMINATE (it’s fiber-rich, too!). Ok, here’s my recipe…give it a shot!
The BEST Kale you have ever tasted!
1 bunch organic kale, washed, de-stemmed
2 cloves organic, raw garlic
1 Tbsp cold-pressed organic olive oil
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast *omit if tendency toward yeast/candida
1/4 tsp salt
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp cayenne *optional
I swear I ate this every single day while I was in undergraduate school at Naropa University. It kept me feeling satisfied, strong in my immune system as well as in my digestion.
Here’s the deal: chop raw kale into salad-size pieces, whatever you are comfortable with eating. And here you could either, 1) Steam kale in a steamer basket until it is BRIGHT green (usually only a couple of minutes max when atop boiling water! Once it is brown, it has already lost some really good nutrients). Or 2) Keep it raw, squeeze your lemon juice onto the leaves and massage the kale with your hands until it is super soft. Option 2 is more nutrient dense however if you have a cold digestion (i.e. cold hands and feet!) or ANY difficulty digesting raw foods, go for the steamed option.
Meanwhile chop or press garlic. Toss kale with all the rest of the ingredients! Viola! Delicious! Enjoy!
Psst…If you are a vegetarian, here’s your chance to add some extra nutritional yeast to make up for those missing B vitamins!
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