I Love Kale

Yummy sautéed black kale with garlic, topped with sliced toasted almonds

I LOVE KALE!!  I really, really do! I have been known to cook up a meal entirely of kale and eat it all by myself.  I throw it in my smoothies and chuck it in my salads.

Why do I like kale so much?  

Well, it is loaded with antioxidants to fight oxidative damage from free radicals in the body – especially important if you are very active as oxidative stress increases with increased levels of exercise.  Kale also contains vitamins C and K.  

It even has a small amount of those healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that are so important for brain function and heart health.

And if you avoid dairy, like I do, then kale is a good source of bioavailable calcium – good for your teeth and your bones!

The fibre in kale helps reduce cholesterol and may aid in weight loss and weight management because all that fibre keeps you fuller for longer.

And it’s also DELICIOUS!!!!

Here is a quick and easy recipe for a side dish, or a main if you are like me and can eat bowlfuls of it:

SAUTEED KALE WITH GARLIC AND ALMOND SLICES

2 servings                      Prep time: 10 minutes              Cooking time: 5 minutes

 

Ingredients:

2 cups kale (washed and cut into small pieces)

1 clove garlic (sliced thinly)

1 handful of almond slices*

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Method:

First, toast the almond slices in your frying pan (no oil necessary).  While these are gently toasting, put your kale in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and rub into the kale leaves.**

Once your almond slices are toasted to your liking, put them in a bowl to the side.

Now heat up the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in your frying pan and throw your garlic into the pan.  Let them brown a little bit then start to sauté your kale, using a spoon to stir the leaves round so that they are all cooked evenly for about 3-5 minutes.  Season with a little salt and pepper to taste.  Put the kale on a plate and then you can sprinkle your toasted almond slices on top!

*Almonds contain calcium, Vitamin E and magnesium.  The magnesium aids in the absorption of the calcium, while the monosaturated fats promote satiety and help with the absorption of the vitamins.
**This increases the absorption of your fat-soluble vitamins within the kale such as vitamins A, D, E and K. 

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