Add a one-two punch to your diet and your health by embracing the joy of eating kale. National Kale Day offers the ideal opportunity to learn more about this healthful and nutritious vegetable that has become more popular in the past several years.
Learn more about kale and enjoy the celebration for National Kale Day!
History of National Kale Day
Because of its leafy, green texture, many people might believe that kale is a part of the lettuce family. But, actually, it is a cruciferous vegetable, making it more closely related to broccoli and cauliflower. A superfood that started becoming popular in the 2010s, kale offers a variety of compounds that are so good for the body!
Containing tons of nutrients such as Vitamins B, C and K, as well as potassium, calcium and zinc, kale is certainly a vegetable that’s worth celebrating on National Kale Day – and perhaps every day!
Founded by a chef and a doctor, National Kale Day recognizes the enormous health benefits of kale and how it can be used to make delicious and nutritious meals. Chef Jennifer Iserloh and Dr. Drew Ramsey established the day through a Change.org petition.
Dr. Ramsey is also the author of the book 50 Shades of Kale. In the book, Ramsey states, “if we all ate more kale, we could save the planet”. Packed with nutrients, economical and versatile, this cruciferous and leafy dark green vegetable has plenty to love.
How to Celebrate National Kale Day
Consider celebrating National Kale Day by implementing some of these healthful and fun ideas:
Enjoy Eating Some Kale
Those who love kale shouldn’t have any problems finding ways to add it to their meals or snacks. But those who are new to kale might need to do a bit of research to find some recipes that will help. Start by buying a bunch of fresh kale and adding it to soups, making it into salads, or baking it and turning it into kale chips.
Learn More About Kale Health Benefits
Kale has a whole load of health benefits, which is why it has gained the important title of ‘superfood’.
Good for the Bones
Kale is an incredible source of calcium that comes from plants, as well as some oxalate which helps calcium to absorb into the body more readily. Plus, kale offers Vitamin K, which works well in tandem with Vitamin D to support healthy bones.
Filled with four times the Vitamin C as spinach, as well as other important nutrients such as beta-carotene and Vitamin E, kale offers a huge boost to the immune system.
This B-complex vitamin is key for the development and support of the brain. It also helps with the production of white and red blood cells, as well as doing the important job of turning carbohydrates into energy.
Protection Against Disease
Kale offers a variety of nutrients that help to fight against health problems such as heart disease and even cancer. The potassium in kale is beneficial to maintaining healthy blood pressure. And studies have shown that the substances sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol may be effective in protecting the body from cancer.