March is Nutrition Month. It occurred to me it wasn't until I reached middle age that I even heard about this leafy vegetable called Kale noun \ˈkāl\: a type of cabbage that has wrinkled leaves that is apparently, The World's Healthiest Food! I can't go anywhere and not see it on a menu, it's ridiculous. Kale smoothies, Kale salads, Kale chips, Gua-Kale-mole, Kale soup, Kale dip, and now these poor babies are being forced by hyper health moms to eat Kale baby food! Is it just me or have we taken the Kale thing a bit too far. And oh the people I meet who actually brag about all the ways they eat Kale. I get to hear new recipes of how to make it and how good it is… Guess what? I have been forcing myself to eat the damn stuff for two years now. The truth… I don't really like the shit. (Didn't mean to curse but that is what it usually tastes like to me) I'm sorry, I give up. You win Kale Warriors! Here is my video to you!
In honor of this month, I will testify here and now that I am a healthy eater. I LOVE berries and eat them daily. I also do olive oil for dressing. I live off of chicken and fish but I must have steak once a week. I also drink amazing amounts of water. I am obsessed with water. But KALE, no go! I have acquired a taste for really good recipes. My friend Theresa Vella makes an absolutely delicious Kale salad, and when I go to a restaurant and eat Kale chips smothered in olive oil and parmesan cheese that is yummy too. Let it be known, that is where I draw the line. It's an occasional veggie. If prepared by someone who knows what they are doing and knows how to drown out the bitter taste, I will try it. That is the only time I will dabble in Kale. But really a Kale recipe book… give me a break! There are tons of them out there, who buys these?
I will be honest though, there are many middle age health benefits to eating this vegetable. If you are going to continue to choke it down, or if you are one of the many that have convinced yourselves that you love Kale (liars). This relative of broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts packs a punch of vitamin K and according to some studies offers amazing cancer protection. This superfood is also great for eye health, your digestive system and your arteries. With all these benefits I'm not saying NO to Kale as I get older. I'm not stupid. But I am drawing the line on my support for Kale over enthusiasts. ENOUGH! As many of you know I blog every Wednesday; therefore, I may have to bite my tongue and revisit this issue the first Wednesday in October. It's Freakin' National Kale Day! Who invents these days? Craziness!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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