Kale gets a bad rap. Yes, it was the media darling a few years ago, and chefs were adding it to everything from lasagna to smoothies, even making salty chips with it, but then it lost its luster and became the butt of jokes about healthy eating. But it really does deserve the spotlight as a nutritious leafy green. After all, it boasts protein, fiber, calcium, essential vitamins, and iron. So, the media attention to kale wasn’t just hype. Just one cup of raw kale provides all of the vitamin C you need for the day (via My Fitness Pal).
Of course, not everyone is a fan of kale. It is tough and slightly bitter and can be challenging to add to your diet. If you are new to preparing kale at home, you will want to avoid some of the common mistakes that home chefs make when preparing kale. When cooking with kale, you can use it like spinach. But when preparing kale to eat raw in a salad, you will want to use your hands to massage the kale to break down the thick leaves, and you should always remove the spine to make it more palatable.