Kale! Who loves it? hates it? never has tried it? anyone…?
Let’s talk about Kale… Afterall I am a plant based runner and this blog is called Plant Based Runner and its been a while so please humor me while I talk about something plant based. If it works, if you all like hearing more about FOOD I will start doing a weekly plant based runner food, recipe or both. (PS. If you have a short attention span look for the text below that is BOLD – its the super important stuff)
Yay Kale! You know the stereotypes Vegans live off of it, health food nuts swear by it and regular average ‘normal’ people think its weird, am I close? Kale, is a green (sometimes purple-ish) leafy vegetable from the cabbage family. It comes in a few different forms, like curly, and it is often referred to as one of the healthiest vegetables around. Why? Simply put kale has many vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.
In terms of running, as a benefit to a runner Kale offers the following:
Vitamin-K; 1 serving provides about 700% of daily recommended intake. Why does this matter? Vitamin K promotes osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity, thus kale keeps your bones healthy. Although it’s not completely scientifically proven Vitamin K is said to help with asthma so fellow asthmatic runners eat up.
Vitamin A; 1 serving provides over 150% of a typical daily recommend amount. Vitamin A = Antioxidant that helps support vision health & boosts immunity.
Vitamin C; 1 serving of kale provides 200% of daily recommended amount. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, like colds, and repair muscles post run.
Fiber; 1 cup has about 20% of recommended daily fiber intake. Fiber promotes regular digestion and I think most runners want to have healthy digestive tracks
Kale also has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and 1ox more vitamin c than spinach!
I like my kale lightly sautéed with a garlic and lemon, how do you like yours?