Just in time for the kale craze to be over, I have figured out how to eat it without it wrecking my stomach. Of course.
It's amazing how many grab-and-go restaurants (particularly in NYC) have raw kale ready to use as your base for salads. At first glance, you say "Oh kale yeah! I'm going to get that because I'm told it's healthy"... right? Wrong. My body immediately tells me something otherwise. Raw kale and I do not get along.
It's too harsh for me to digest on it's own. Kale is tough. It needs a little tender, loving care to come out just right. But I mean, don't we all?
I have discovered that steaming it and massaging it (with lemon and avocado) has worked wonders on my gut but I have to make exactly the amount I want to eat in that moment, otherwise buh-bye. The rest goes in the trash because soggy kale leftovers? No thank you.
An instructor at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition taught us a quick, easy way to have a healthy snack handy without an insane amount of work. I'd love to say that I'll one day be the woman with homemade baked zucchini chips on my counter, but right now? Nope.
Kale though. This can be done.
- Break the kale into pieces. Don't worry about cutting them perfectly, washing them perfectly, placing them perfectly. Just rip those babies up and throw them in a pan.
- Add water >> enough to rest just below the surface of your kale
- Give a pinch of salt for good measure
- Bring the water to a boil and let the kale cook until it has turned about four shades darker.
- Pour out the boiling water (and kale) into a drainer and immediately wash the kale in cold purified water. This will help wash off all the dirt that you previously didn't have to worry about as well as stop the kale from continuing to cook (because no one likes leftover soggy kale).
- Squeeze some lemon or your favorite dressing on top and tad-dah.
A beautiful, quick and easy side-dish, snack or leftover. You can take what you'd like and pop the rest in the fridge. It's beautiful, green, healthy self will be patiently waiting for you in the fridge next time you go fishing for some unhealthy goods. That's what I call #winning.