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Know Your Kale

Although often identified as the leafy green that grew to popularity on way-too-healthy food blogs, we aren’t writing kale off as a trend just yet! Kale is packed with vitamins A and C and has more vitamin K than most other green vegetables. With a substantial 5 grams of fiber and only 36 calories in one cup, Kathleen Zelman, MPH, calls it “one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet.”

Cooking with kale

Kale incorporates beautifully into many different styles of cooking. It holds its shape well when cooked, and doesn’t wilt like spinach or chard. From kale chips to stir-fry, you are sure to find a favorite way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. Try adding it to pasta dishes, sautéing it with eggs, or mixing it into soups.

RECIPES: The 10 Best Kale Salads

Raw kale

Kale can be tough to bite when raw, so we like to slice it into super thin strips and mix it into a salad or marinate in oil and vinegar for a quick side dish. Morning smoothies are another great way to get more raw kale into your diet. The vegetable adds a pleasantly nutty flavor, not to mention a bright green hue!

Types of kale

There are a couple different types of kale available – our three favorite are Curly kale, Lacinato kale and Red Russian kale.

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Curly kale

The variety you are probably familiar with, Curly kale is the most well known type of kale on the market today. It’s a tad but chewy to the unsuspecting cook, but with the right preparation can be utterly addictive.   Image via Flickr

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Lacinato Kale

You can think of Lacianto, or “Dinosaur” kale as refined version of Curly kale. It has a richer flavor and is a more tender. Lacinato kale is perfect for making dishes that call for raw kale, like this Israeli Chickpea & Kale SaladImage via Flickr

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Red Russian Kale

Popping up at gourmet stores and farmer’s markets, Red Russian kale has a more unique flavor. The leaves are the texture of swiss chard, and the flavor is sweet with a tiny bite at the end. Image via Flickr

RECIPES: Kale Smoothies, 3 Recipes To Get You Started

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Hybrid Varieties

Keep an eye out for fun varieties like this Purple Dinosaur kale. It’s a cross of Lacinato and Red Russian – a little bit of color and a little bit of pepperiness! Image via Flickr

What recipes have you hooked on kale?

- Alivia Duran

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