There is nothing quite like smaller, symbolic holidays. One of my favorites is National Kale Day. I wrote up a summary of this last year and will, therefore, not regurgitate the same information. This year, I’ll share my favorite way to eat kale. “How’s that?” you ask…
Raw, massaged, and well dressed!
To do this is simple. The idea of massaging the kale is to tenderize the hearty green making it more palatable. Some will massage it for 2-3 minutes, then dress, while others will partially dress it and massage all in one. I prefer to latter option. Although a little messier on the hands, I feel it infuses more flavor and uses a little less acidic liquid (lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger, etc). I also make all my own salad dressings in order to best control ingredients.
First, you want to strip the kale. (If you don’t know what I mean by this, please visit YouTube for a visual. Here is one option – https://youtu.be/IUyNTLXE9TE).
Second, chop or slice the kale. Some prefer to slice it into ribbons.
Then, add an acidic based liquid and massage away. After that is complete, add the remainder of your dressing and toss. For a dressing, I keep it simple; 1/2-1 part lemon juice (or sometimes ginger juice), 2 part cold-pressed olive oil, & a dab of raw honey (1 tsp-1 tbs).
Finally, mix in your choice of complimentary items such as nuts, berries, avocado, or other fruits and vegetables.
Voilà! Happy, Healthy, Kale Salad!
To learn more about this ever so relevant holiday, please visit the website; http://nationalkaleday.org/.
Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality. Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results. Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health. Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!