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Crazy for Kale

Posted Mar 09 2011 6:52pm
Ever since my meet-up at Luna's the other day, I've wanted to make a kale salad.  Well last night, I made a really delicious kale salad.


Avocado Kale Salad


Ingredients

1.5 cups washed and shredded kale
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup sliced cucumber
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatoes

Place the kale in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice  and soy sauce. Massage the kale with your hands until all ingredients are absorbed.  Add the avocado and continue to massage (this will form a dressing).  Add the cucumber, onion, and tomatoes. Enjoy!

I remember the very first time that I tried kale.  I wasn't sure what to do with it and just tossed it raw (and unmassaged) into a salad.

It was...chewy.

Luckily, this didn't scare me off from the leafy green vegetable.  I was determined to love it, and love it, I do!

Since I am lactose intolerant, it is often a challenge for me to find good sources of dairy.  As a woman, my bone health is very important to me.  I want to be able to have dance parties and rock the high heels as an old lady!

A half-cup serving of kale contains approximately 47 milligrams of calcium and a full cup contains 94 milligrams of calcium.  Not bad.

If you're new to kale and don't know what to make of it, try incorporating it in soups, smoothies, and juice.  You'll hardly even notice that the leaves are in there! Kale chips are another great option (although they might be scary to newbies).



Have you tried kale before?  What is your favorite way to eat it?

After I finish this smoothie (and I am sure Michael will just love how I put his beer mug to creative use), I'm going to do a workout before tackling my inbox and doing some work.

Have a great day!
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