My Food Obsession

shot of sauteed kale with cranberries and pine nuts

I love food! After all, that is one of the many reasons I changed careers to nutrition. Every couple of months I find myself obsessed with a new food item. It usually goes like this: I have something that I may or may not of had before in an amazing dish, then I make it my mission to try it in everything and in new ways, and I usually end up eating it almost everyday for a few months. The past couple of weeks I have been obsessed with kale; not like I have never had it before or it is something new. However, one day I was in the city and I was starving. I wanted to get a quick, healthy lunch so I ran into the cafe at the Equinox gym and there in the refrigerator was a pre-made salad with kale. When I tell you it was the best salad I have ever had I’m not kidding. It was so simple; kale, dried cranberries, almond slivers, lemon juice and vinegar, but it tempted my taste buds and made me crave more. I literally went out and bought kale the next day and put it in everything; in my eggs, as my base for my salad, made kale chips, in soup, in pasta, in smoothies, I couldn’t get enough. I’ve also noticed that it is basically a staple on every menu at all the restaurants I have been to recently; we are currently in a kale craze!

So why do we crave kale and why is it so good for us? This delicious, deep, dark green leafy vegetable is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, Vitamins A, C and K and packed with fiber, so what’s not to love. Someone recently gave me the book Fifty Shades of Kale (seriously the best name for a book ever) by Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh (fun fact: Jennifer is also known as the The Skinny Chef and she is a Hoboken local!). This book is my kale bible. It tells you everything you need to know about kale and has 50 amazing recipes, giving you so many ways to incorporate kale into your diet. From chocolate chip kale cookies (yes, you can put kale in cookies, who knew) to kalejitos (mojitos made with kale) no food or drink is left untouched by kale and the ones I have tested so far leave you craving more! Don’t be intimidated by this amazingly versatile vegetable. So many people don’t even know how many ways you can use kale, but this cookbook gives you a whole new take and inspiration on this healthy and delicious vegetable and all of its endless possibilities. I encourage you to join the kale craze and to share your love of kale and your recipes with me 🙂

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