Yes! You read it right! This post is about massaging kale! I’m here to tell you that by showing your food some tender loving care you will not only makes it taste fantastic but will create a real connection with what you’re eating. OK, so some of you may think I’ve actually gone mad but genuinely, and despite my obvious recent obsession with kale, what I’m about to show you next is quite spectacular.

We’ve all heard of tenderising meat with a hammer but have you ever heard of tenderising salad leaves?

First a few facts about this beautiful, ugly vegetable; Kale is a hardy plant which grows easily and well in to winter. It has fairly tough leaves which are the source of all sorts of amazing goodness such as beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and is a rich source of calcium. In fact, during World War II in England the growth of kale was greatly encouraged because of its heavy nutrient content. It was thought to be able to supplement those missing from diet due to the rationing, plus it was such an easy vegetable to grow!

So what to do with it? Well, you can put it in a smoothy just like this one here. Or you can give the leaves some love. Just as you marinate or bash your meat to tenderise it. To get the most out of your kale you need to massage it. So by rubbing the leaves with a little olive oil and lemon juice, and by rubbing I mean massage, really get in there with both hands and show this beautiful vegetable how much you care! With this you are essentially “cooking” your kale while keeping all of it’s amazing nutritional value. Add a few roasted nuts and some chia seeds and you have a deliciously nutrient packed salad.

Enjoy 🙂

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