With summer produce in abundance, I have been branching out and trying new things and finding different ways to eat the same old, same old. I recently presented a seminar on healthy eating to young athletes. During the seminar we discussed the importance of getting enough iron and calcium as they continue to grow and develop. One of the foods I brought to their attention was kale.
Do you know that kale is high in fiber, vitamins C, A, and K, is a great source of iron, and rich in calcium? I’ve been picking some up at the Farmer’s Market this summer and finding different ways to use it. My most recent kale concoction was a smoothie. I don’t have a juicer and noticed that my blender doesn’t break kale down as easily as it does spinach. Nonetheless, it was still a tasty treat that I recommend!
2 cups of kale
1/2 cup of blueberries, frozen
1/4 cup of fresh strawberries
1/4 cup of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup of milk (cow, almond, or soy)
Mix the above together in a blender or juicer and enjoy for breakfast or a pick-me-up to have throughout the day! Consider kale for your next vegetable salad, fresh smoothie, or snack. I’ve heard kale chips are really good; that’s probably what I’ll be trying next!