Let's Talk Kale

If there was such a thing as a fashionable vegetable, kale would be it. This leafy green has become synonymous with "superfood" and has become a staple of healthy diets all over the world. 

Health benefits

According to Michigan State University, kale has a whole heap of nutritional benefits. It's high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamin K, it's been shown to lower cholesterol and comes with a lot of fibre which will aid good digestion.

The green contains lutein and seaxanthin compounds, which promote eye health, and omega-3 fatty acids, which will help strengthen your immune system and reduce the risk of chronic illnesses.

Simple recipes

Make sure you're eating leaves that are firm and deeply coloured - not browning or yellowing.

For a simple meal, chop some kale and put it with pine nuts, feta cheese and whole grain pasta. A drizzle of olive oil will top it off. 

Another simple way to prepare your kale is to saute it with a dash of olive oil until it's wilted, then add a pinch of sea salt, almond slivers and dried cranberries and then cook for a couple more minutes. Serve with brown rice for a healthy lunch.

You can also put the vegetable in your smoothies for an added health kick. Just half a cup of chopped kale is all you need to add to your other ingredients.

Growing your own

As an easy to-grow-plant, you can try your hand at producing your very own kale! 

Get started in March and April with seeds for the best results. Kale isn't highly sensitive to temperatures - it will flourish at any temperature between 8 - 30 degrees Celsius, and can be grown in the same bed as many other vegetables.

In a couple of months you could be enjoying this superfood straight from your very own garden.

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