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 that’s 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.
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!
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.
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:
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