Ingredient Spotlight: Kale.

Ingredient Spotlight: Kale.

It’s no surprise I had to write about kale. This green beauty is probably one of the most popular health-foods out there. Kale is a dark leafy green from the Brassica family and a close relative to both broccoli and brussels sprouts.  It has been a part of European diets since 600 B.C. and American diets since the 1800s. It’s easy to grow in several different climates, making it a simple choice around the globe for healthy eating. Although you may be tired of listening to people talk about kale, it really does deserve it’s attention.

Kale is mainly known for it’s detoxifying properties. It supports the detoxification process of the liver which is good for overall health and also contains fiber to aid digestion and flush out waste. Kale buffers against inflammation caused by stress (heck yes!) and contains over 45 different varieties of antioxidant flavonoids that help with cancer prevention. These benefits alone are enough reason to pick up the leafy green. But wait till I tell you what it can do for your skin…

While reading Eat Pretty I’ve learned that eating kale regularly could actually do more for your skin than expensive night creams! Adding 1 cup to your diet delivers over 200 percent of your daily vitamin A (a well known skin smoother) and 130 percent of your daily vitamin C (a collagen builder). Vitamins A + C are without a doubt two of the most important anti-aging vitamins in our diets. Kale is also high in Vitamin K, calcium, potassium, and iron. Convinced yet?

One of my favourite skincare brands recently came out with a new serum that includes kale as one of the feature ingredients. Eminence Organics Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum. When used topically, the high antioxidant content of the kale helps improve the appearance of skin elasticity and hydration for a healthy, glowing complexion. This is by far one of my favourite new products! Such a treat for the skin.

Ingredient Spotlight: Kale.

There are so many ways to include kale into your everyday meals. You can eat it raw, baked, sautéed, steamed, juiced, or blended. It’s great added to soups/curries/stir-frys, put it on top of pizza, mixed into scrambled eggs/omelettes, or blended into any juice/smoothie recipe. It also freezes really well so if you’re unable to use the leaves in your fridge, save them for later! Here are a few kale recipes I really enjoy:

Flawless kale chips.

Kale market salad | Kale caesar salad.

Matcha kale peach smoothie.

Kale + flaxseed pesto.

There you have it, kale is king. What’s your favourite way to enjoy this wonderful superfood?
PS. Isn’t it so pretty on my blue plate? Awww so photogenic, I just love it!