ITEM OF THE DAYItem of the DayCaitlin Fitzgibbons

So sorry to push vegetables on you while you’re surfing the net, but I just want people to get as jazzed on kale as I am because it’s a delicious food. There have already been some great recipes using kale from the HG writers, like this one, this one and this one, but here are some even more amazing reasons to be like “Oh, hey kale, I like you so much, I want you to be my valentine.”

1. Kale is Rich in Vitamin A, C, K and Calcium: All of these things are important for a healthy you. Vitamin A is great for your eyes. Vitamin C is your best cold fighting friend in the winter. Vitamin K and Calcium are going to help your bones out in a lactose-free way.

2. Kale is a Winter Vegetable: The summer is certainly one of the best seasons for fresh produce. The winter can be limiting, but not when you have kale, which is at its peak of deliciousness during the coldest months. Go put on your Uggs or Sorels (because apparently they are trendier) and grab some kale!

3. Kale is Easy to Cook with: It cooks so fast! You can eat it raw, sautée it with olive oil, garlic and shallots in a pan, put it on pizza, throw it in soup or bake it brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. Also, so many other things. (ie. make a kale B.L.T …B.K.T…that’s what’s up.)

4. Kale is Fancy, Yet Accessible: Do you think kale is too fancy for you? Well, if you do, you’re wrong. You’re a princess and in this post, princesses deserve kale. Get it at your local market, grow it yourself, pick some up at Whole Foods or my favorite, at Trader Joe’s, pre-washed and pre-chopped in a bag…work DONE!

5. Kale Makes a Great Gift: C’mon, it’s unexpected! We’re living in a Pinterest society where everyone has the same stuff “pinned” all over the place and all foods are labeled “sooo yummy!!” Who would expect kale to be inside a beautifully wrapped birthday gift? Not me and I wouldn’t hate it, either. Just “pinned” it to my “gifts I want” board.

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  1. I add chopped frozen kale in with my smoothies every morning along with berries bananas and coconut milk… tastes amazing! :)

  2. Love me some kale, so hard. Delicious in my mouth and belly.

  3. I just got hooked on kale this week and can’t imagine how I’ve gone this long without it in my life!

  4. FAVORITE IOTD SO FAR

  5. I love eating kale cookied via a fab ethopian recipe! It’s sooo simple it’s bonkers, but oh em gee..the ginger and garlic…Ugh SOOO wishing I had bought more at the grocers so I could have more to eat right now. I ust love this food!

  6. kale is the best!