My first experience eating kale was horrible. I was served a gorgeous salad, but I couldn't get it down. I just could not stand eating kale.
Kale is all the rage with health nuts because it has enormous nutritional value. It has a huge amount of vitamins A, C and K. It's made up of 16% protein by calories, and full of fiber. It helps reduce inflammation, which is good for people with arthritis or cardiovascular health issues. It has a ton of antioxidants and chlorophyll, along with some calcium and iron.
There are some fun things you can do, like adding it to a smoothie or making kale chips. But I wanted to share with you some tips for eating raw kale - without triggering your gag reflex - so that you can learn to enjoy kale salads.
The more I learned about the health side (like in this article on Thrive Cuisine), the more I thought that eating kale would be a good thing to work into a healthy eating plan.
And the more I thought preparing kale would be a good thing, the stronger my determination to like it became. In order to like it, I looked into ways of preparing it that would soften the texture and the flavor.
I finally found my kale heaven when I discovered massaging. This is where you rub the kale with your hands, giving it a deep tissue massage. You can use salt or not, but I always use just a pinch, which helps the kale soften.
A salty and creamy dressing neutralizes the natural bitterness of kale and makes for a salad that I honestly can't get enough of. I always find it funny how quickly and dramatically my tastes changed once I decided that I wanted to enjoy kale.
When you take rough kale, and pair it with soft and savory foods, like avocado, roasted squash or sweet potato, maybe some tempeh, you get a really tasty meal.
You can change your outlook on foods and eating if you make it a priority to learn what's healthy for you, and then consciously make the decision to move towards a healthy eating plan. If you want some ideas on where to start, check out the meal plan program I put together for you.