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Get To Know…Kale

I try my best to shop for seasonal foods whenever possible. I do this for many reasons, firstly, it’s cost-effective. Who doesn’t want to save money? Secondly, by shopping for produce in season, I’m helping my local businesses thrive. And lastly, I’m helping the environment by reducing my carbon footprint, as carbon emissions wouldn’t need to increase to ship out of season produce across the world to me.

Kale

It’s January and one food in season right now is kale. Oh so wonderful, kale! There’s a popular following of this dark leafy green and for good reason. These crispy leaves are packed with vitamins and minerals. And did I mention it’s a renowned superfood!

Benefits

Kale is full of antioxidants, especially cancer-fighting quercetin and kaempferol. In addition, kale contains carotenoid antioxidants that help protect your eyes and reduce the risk of macular degeneration (the worsening of your eyesight). Kale can also help reduce cholesterol by providing bile acids which aid in the digestion of fats in the body!

Kale contains high percentages of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin B6. But wait…there’s more! Kale also contains plenty of hidden minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Eating Kale

There are also many ways to prepare and serve kale. Kale can be sauteed, oven baked, blended, or placed in salads or other dishes without any preparation. This kind of versatility is perfect for any fussy eaters! Kale can easily be hidden in delicious dishes to ensure your little one’s are getting the nutrients they need.

 

Looking for some inspiration to fit kale into your child’s meals? Check out a few of these recipes:

Kale and Beetroot Tart. Homemade Baby Finger Food Recipes and Ideas for giving Your Baby Nutritious Finger Foods. These delicious finger food recipes are easy to make and are soft for little hands. Homemade recipes for babies and toddlers from Aileen Cox Blundell from The Baby Led Feeding Cookbook.

BEETROOT, KALE AND GOAT CHEESE TART

These super savoury tarts are so delicious! Aside from being crazy good for you, they’re also easy to take as an on the go snack!

Find the recipe here: Beetroot, Kale and Goat Cheese Tart

Pizza Muffins Kale recipes for babies. Homemade Baby Finger Food Recipes and Ideas for giving Your Baby Nutritious Finger Foods. These delicious finger food recipes are easy to make and are soft for little hands. Homemade recipes for babies and toddlers from Aileen Cox Blundell from The Baby Led Feeding Cookbook.

SUPER HEALTHY PIZZA MUFFINS

Who says pizza can’t be healthy? Especially with all the nourishing ingredients inside this recipe!

Find the recipe here: Super Healthy Pizza Muffins

Kale Soup for little babies. Homemade Baby Finger Food Recipes and Ideas for giving Your Baby Nutritious Finger Foods. These delicious finger food recipes are easy to make and are soft for little hands.

SOUP FOR LITTLE ‘SOUPER’ HEROS

A light and filling dish, this soup packs a nutrient rich punch with every gulp!

Find the recipe here: Soup for Little ‘Souper’ Heros