What’s Up With Kale? | The Almond Eater

Salad: it’s one of the healthiest meals on the planet, right? But it can’t just be any salad; it has to be a spinach salad. No, no sorry, it has to be a kale salad. So what’s the deal with kale anyway, and why is it supposedly better than spinach? I was curious, so I did some (brief) research. I tried to copy and paste a graphic chart but it wouldn’t let me. So, here are my findings from Prevention:

Spinach:                                                                       Kale:
less calories  (23)                                                       more calories (50)
more fiber (2g)                                                           less fiber (2.2g)
less protein (2.9g)                                                      more protein (3.3g)      
less calcium (10%)                                                     more calcium (14%)  
more iron (15%)                                                         less iron (9%)
more magnesium (25%)                                            less magnesium (11%)  
more potassium (12%)                                              less potassium (10%)
less Vitamin C (37%)                                                 more Vitamin C (160%)!!!
less Vitamin A (401%)                                               more Vitamin A (659%)
less Vitamin K (537%)                                               more Vitamin K (907%)

*Percentages based per serving      

Ok so they’re pretty darn close if you ask me. Regardless, I felt the need to take to the kitchen and make something with kale. The first thing I thought of was soup, so that’s what I went with. Please don’t hate me, but I didn’t take measurements for this recipe. Sometimes, I’m more into the idea of throwing stuff into a pot and hoping all turns out well, which is what I did. Lucky for me, everything did turn out well! Very well. 

kale soup

Ingredients:
Kale
Red potatoes
Carrots
Chicken
Chicken broth
Parsley
Salt & pepper to taste

MMMM. Basically, mix everything together in a saucepan and tada! I’m a soup newbie for sure but I’m definitely going to have to make soup more often, especially during the colder months. 

kale soup

Since I didn’t measure out ingredients, I had some leftover and wanted to make something else with kale in it. I would call this kale casserole, but that doesn’t sound very appetizing. Instead, I shall call it Chicken-pasta-kale-tomato and feta casserole 🙂 

kale casserole

Ingredients:
2 cup pasta (I used gluten-free, sodium-free)
2 chicken breasts, chopped
2 heaping handfuls of kale
4 medium tomatoes
1/2 cup light feta cheese crumbles
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta in a pot while simultaneously cooking chicken in a frying pan. Pour 1 tsbp olive oil into a baking dish, followed by cooked pasta, cooked chicken, tomatoes, kale, and topped with crumbled feta cheese, 1 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is partly melted. 

kale casserole

Super simple—my kinda dish 🙂 And no, I didn’t eat both of these at once, in case you were wondering. Just a little meal preppin’ since I wasn’t able to Sunday. 

I was surprised and glad to know that kale provides more than enough Vitamin C, a vitamin I lack due to my taste buds (fancy way for saying I don’t like orange juice). Yes, I did just blame my taste buds. Though kale provides different benefits than spinach, I actually prefer the taste of spinach in most cases, and spinach has many benefits as well. Looks like I’ll be eating both now! 

Also wanted to let you know–“I’m not blind anymoooooooore” sang in the Katy Perry voice. 

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That’s right. I went to the eye doctor yesterday and she told me I can wear contacts!! It’s been 8 weeks without them and boyyyy have I missed them. I’m doing a trial run for a week so hopefully they don’t give me any trouble. 

Q: Do you prefer spinach or kale? Do you eat them plain in a salad or mixed in with your food? What’s your favorite “kale recipe”?

I prefer spinach in a salad or in eggs, but I think kale is better in soup. I love adding spinach or kale to smoothies! Great way to get in your vitamins and you can’t even taste them. 

**I am not a Registered Dietician; all facts were cited and all opinions are my own. 

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