What do kale and massages have in common?

This wonder-veggie often DOES taste a bit bitter; the leaves ARE sometimes rough and washed out looking. You may want to like it, but it’s not always, well, so likable.

The reality is, your kale needs a little TLC just like you do to get softer, brighter, and sweeter. So give it some lovin’!

Here’s the simple method: 1. With a bunch of kale (any kind), cut out the thick stem in the middle. Roll up the leaves and cut into fine shreds, so the pieces are very tiny.

1. Place the shredded kale in a bowl and add a dash of sea salt and about a teaspoon of olive oil.  Then take your hands and literally massage the kale for at least a minute or two. As you work the kale with your hands, you will immediately notice the leaves turning bright green and softening (rubbing the kale also sweetens it).  And viola, that’s it! It can then be used as the base to any salad.

Massaged Kale Salad Ingredients 1 bunch Kale, stems removed, cut into pieces 1 Lemon, juiced 3 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided ½ tsp Sea Salt ½ tsp Black Pepper, ground ⅛ cup Onion, thinly sliced ½ cup Cucumber, chopped ½ cup Red Pepper or Red Cabbage, chopped ¼ cup Carrots, shredded ¼ cup Pumpkin Seeds, toasted 1 dash Turmeric (optional)

Steps  1 Add kale to a large mixing bowl along with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a dash of salt. 2 Using clean, bare hands, massage the kale until it is wilted (about 2 minutes).

3 Once the kale is ready, top your salad with onion, cucumber, red pepper, beets or carrots, and pumpkin seeds. 4 Add in the rest of the olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper.

5 Add a dash of turmeric if desired. No extra dressing needed. We are fans of ALL leafy greens, though kale does pack an impressive punch. One cup of raw kale delivers well over 100% of the RDA of vitamin A, C, and K. It also has a good amount of magnesium, potassium and calcium.

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