One of my newest favorite foods is Kale! I don’t know about you, but growing up I only new of Kale to be a garnish on a plate to make it pretty… but to EAT it!? That was a different story. I absolutely love it now and we literally eat it almost daily, if not daily. Kale is delicious in smoothies, salads, as Kale chips, or sautéed as a side, and yes even as Pesto!
Why is Kale so good for you? Kale is actually one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet (I really want to emphasize that!). Just 1 cup of Kale is LOADED with 1,020 % Vitamin K, 5 grams of fiber, 15% calcium and B6, and 200% of vitamin C, just to name a few. According to WebMD, “Eating a diet rich in the powerful antioxidant vitamin K can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer.” This is why I consistently emphasize the importance of eating a nutrient rich, natural, organic diet… It prevents CANCER (and many other diseases)!
Food is healthcare! Medicine is sickcare! Our bodies can only take on so much punishment (processed foods, alcohol, chemicals, toxins, etc) before they get sick.
Here is a delicious way to increase your Kale intake…
Naturally Made Toasted Walnut Kale Pesto
- bunch Kale, stems removed
- 1/3 cup walnuts toasted (6-8 min in oven) plus 2 Tbs
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 cup Pecorino cheese grated
- 1 clove of garlic
Enjoy this tossed with your favorite whole grain pasta, spaghetti squash, or on top of pizza (I have a pizza crust recipe in the works!) to replace pizza sauce! I love feed back… let me know what you think!
These are a couple pictures of my boys taken almost a year ago in May. I wanted to share these to show that it is never too early (or late) to start feeding your kids a variety of nutritious foods early on. I introduced my twins to Kale in the beginning. I wanted them to enjoy a variety of flavors and have a broad palate! It worked!
- Kale: A Green Nutritional Powerhouse Everyone Should Eat (naturalsociety.com)
- Benefits of Kale (fitgirltraining.wordpress.com)
- my crush on kale (mybodymadebetter.wordpress.com)