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Diet Diva
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Get advice on healthy eating, nutrition, and weight loss from expert dietitian Tara Gidus. 

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Superfood of the Week: Health Benefits of Kale

KaleLeafy greens….you hear it all the time, right? Eat your green leafys. Greens are an excellent way to get in quality nutrition, bursting with nutrients. For a green that goes above and beyond in getting my daily dose of health I turn to the superfood of the week: Kale!

At first glance, kale may seem just like your average vegetable, but it’s so much more. Kale is related to other nutrient greens such as cabbage and brussel sprouts and is great for your health. Kale has been named the “queen of greens” for many reasons including:

  • low in calories
  • high in fiber to help lower cholesterol
  • high in calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K
  • good source of antioxidants to help ward off disease
  • good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorous

You don’t get much better than that! Kale is not only high in nutrients, but it also adds flavor to any of your regular dishes. Kale is more nutritious when cooked, so try kale steamed, sautéed, mixed with rice, as a side dish, or make one of my favorites: kale chips! You’ve got to check out this recipe from Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD for Skillet Kale and Pinenut Quiche with Feta Cheese

What’s your favorite way to eat kale? Trying it for the first time? Let me know what you think!

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Tags: Antioxidants , Healthy Eating , Nutrition , Superfood of the Week , Vegetarian

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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.