Why I Dry & Store Kale

Bonus Six Ways to Add it To Your Diet

It's a running joke between my father-in-law and me that he ensures I'm not going to feed him kale or weeds when he comes over for dinner. Of course, I can only guarantee one of those things.

But what's so bad about kale? According to him and maybe a few others, it can be hard to chew, doesn't taste good, or perhaps many don't know what to do with it.

Anyone who has ever grown kale can easily find their crop more abundant than what you can add to a salad twice a week.

So, what can you do with kale?

First, let me include a brief history of this super-nutrient dense green.

Kale is considered to be one of the most nutritious foods available.

It has more vitamin C than an orange, and more vitamin K than the body requires daily in just one serving.

It also contains vitamins A, B6, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, and omegas. Additionally, it contains a good amount of beneficial fiber and some protein, and because of the dark green color, kale is high in Chlorophylle. Check out this article on the hemoglobin chlorophyll connection:

Cruciferous veggies like kale, also have sulfur-containing compounds called glucosinolates, which have been shown to have cancer-fighting properties. They have also been linked to many other health benefits like these:

  • Low in calories

  • May reduce blood sugar

  • Helps fight cancer and disease

  • Fights free radicals in the body

  • Detoxifying

  • Can aid in weight loss

  • Healthy heart

  • Supports brain development and function

  • Bolsters healthy hormone production

  • Supports healthy vision

  • Balances the bodies PH

  • Cleanses the blood

  • Helps with circulation

  • Aids in the regeneration and rejuvenation of cellular tissues

  • Increases enzyme activation

  • Assist in the colonization of gut microbiome

Kale is like the superhero of veggies...

When your body needs to heal and regenerate, be it for healing or weight loss, it requires the kinds of “tools” that we can only get from good nutrition. Green foods, in particular, are very important, and what is greener than kale?

As an autoimmune sufferer and clean eater, I see kale as a gem in a field of stones.

It can be challenging to figure out where to obtain all the vitamins and minerals my body needs for healing and remaining balanced, and this cruciferous veggie is just the ticket.

There are many different kinds of kale, with the curly leaf being the most popular. However, you may also find varieties such as dinosaur kale, Russian kale, and redbor kale, to name a few.

Now that we know what a nutritional powerhouse kale is, we can use it as part of a healthy, whole-food, and healing lifestyle, which may be easier than you think.

Any idea how to use kale?

The only way I knew to eat it was to chop it up small, so it's easy to chew and toss it in a salad. But eventually, I came up with a few different ways to enjoy it.

Six ways to add kale to your diet:

  1. Baked into kale chips

  2. Dehydrated and added to smoothies (my favorite way to eat it!)

  3. Added to soups and stews

  4. Sautéed with onions and garlic

  5. Added to a stir fry

  6. Steamed and eaten as a side like spinach

My favorite thing to do is to grow a bumper crop of kale in my garden. Two to three plants will produce enough kale to store and put away for the whole winter for a small family, all while adding it to your salads in the summertime.

I wash and dehydrate my kale and use it throughout the year to add delicious nutrition to many foods... especially my lunch smoothies!

You can check out some pictures below of my late fall kale harvest this year and as always, feel free to like and share this article if you find it interesting.