Blatant Ramblings: Kale

I like kale chips. I like healthy food in general, but let’s just cut to the chase: none of that crap is as good and cheap as pizza rolls, sandwiches, Taco Bell, and my grandma’s Shepard’s pie. My question of the day is, why are plants becoming more popular? The obvious answer is that the popularity of fast food and over eating are being combated with healthy nonsense. There are many foods surfacing that aren’t new at all, there are just so much more popular today. Or perhaps, my self as well as others are just bothering to look at our options in the nasty healthy food sections of the store.

Here are some stats I found on Kale:

Nearly 3 grams of protein

2.5 grams of fiber (which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full)

Vitamins A, C, and K

Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development

Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. (While kale has far less omega-3 than fish, it is another way to get some of this healthy fat into your diet.

Lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that give kale its deep, dark green coloring and protect against macular degeneration and cataracts Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc

This info from WebMd.com

It is really a great food. I’ll admit it (by great I mean healthy). It’s just that sometimes when I buy I prepackaged salad I either just want romaine, ice burg, or spinach…and yet here’s Kale, mixed in with everything else. Go home Kale, no one invited you.

Another reason I make a point to choose healthy foods that are jam packed with vitamins, is that there are plenty of studies that show improved diet improve physical AND mental health. Yes, I am one of those nuts that believes eating junk all the time increases the negative effects of stress, anxiety, and depression. No, not that junk food causes mental illness, but that it can effect current mental health status. Mental health is still health. The body works together as a unit. So if you are considering reconsidering food choices, stop googling cute puppy pictures and start looking up healthy food. I recommend kale because things can only get better from there. 

My soul inspiration for this blog post is my absolute frustration with finding a kale-less salad.

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