Kale University: Schoolin’ You on the Benefits of Our Fave Veggie
We LOVE kale… 🙌🏻
Seriously tho, we can’t get enough. We’re either blending it in our smoothies, mixing it in a salad, or whippin’ up some kale chips for a snack. Kale all day errrday ;) It’s such a staple in the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan!
You know we’re all about the Lean, Clean, ‘N Green life because it gives you a glowing complexion, high energy levels, shiny hair, and strong lean muscles. With kale on the menu, you get all those perks and MORE! But first, let’s get into why it’s so amazing. Only downside: We usually have a little kale in our teeth ;)
Forms lean muscles
There are 9 essential amino acids that your body can’t produce and needs to get from your diet in order to sculpt lean beautiful muscles. These amino acids are typically found in animal-based foods, but guess what? Kale actually contains ALL 9 of those essential amino acids! (psst… if you’re looking for other plant-based ways to get all 9, our Tone It Up Protein has ’em too! Plus it’s clean, non-GMO, gluten-free, & delicious)
Strengthens your bones
Calcium is super important for keeping your bones strong and your heart healthy. In some veggies, calcium can be kinda difficult for your body to absorb. Kale has a remarkably high absorption rate, which means your bod can get a lot of calcium out of each little leaf!
Keeps your complexion glowing
Vitamin A keeps your skin bright, and just 1 cup of kale has almost double what you need in a day. Bonus ~ kale is also packed with vitamin C, which helps create the beautifying compound collagen.
Protects your heart
Kale contains compounds that help remove cholesterol from your blood stream and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It also contains two powerful antioxidants, called quercetin and kaempferol, which can lower your blood pressure and keep your heart healthy. We ❤️ kale!
BONUS TIU TIP ~
Massage your kale with a little olive oil and lemon juice. This makes it even tastier and easier to digest. Another pro tip: Chop your kale with kitchen shears!
They’re easy to make and so good!
1. Chop or tear the kale into bite-sized pieces.
2. Massage with a little olive oil.
3. Add some sea salt and your favorite toppings!
(We love nutritional yeast, turmeric, & red pepper flakes)
4. Bake at 325° for about 10 mins (or until crispy).
They’re delicious dipped in some salsa or guac!
Blending some kale in your morning smoothie is of the quickest and easiest ways to get all the benefits!
Ready to try some of our fave recipes? Oh kale yeah!
Featured from the Bikini Series Edition of the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan!
Featured from the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan!