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Kale is one of the healthiest foods because it’s packed with nutrients, which elevates it to superfood status. While “superfood” isn’t technically a medical or nutritional category on the food pyramid, foods are only labeled as such when small servings carry large benefits to your health.

Here’s how kale earned it’s superfood cape: one cup of raw kale has only 33 calories and contains vitamins A, C, and K. Kale also has 2.5 grams of fiber, folate, and nearly three grams of protein. If you’re looking for a nutritional bump, find ways to add kale to your everyday menu.

It can be challenging to find healthy recipes that both taste great and leave you satisfied. Some people prefer to hide this super food in their smoothies or bury it with other leafy greens in a salad smothered in dressing.With a little effort, you can experience kale on a whole new flavorful level.

Snack attacks are a calorie buster when you’re transitioning to a healthier diet. Just because you decided to kick potato chips to the curb, it doesn’t mean your cravings are on the same page. Never go into a battle unprepared, especially if vending machines are close to your desk.

You can satisfy a craving for potato chips with some homemade kale chips. This recipe from skinnytaste.com creates delicious kale chips. Words of warning: watch them closely as you bake them, because they will burn quickly. They’re tasty and good to keep on hand in an air-tight container.

 

How To Eat It: Kale Chips

 

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch kale

1 tsp olive oil (spray)

Sprinkle of sea salt 

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray two large baking sheets with oil.

Wash and thoroughly dry kale. Remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite sized pieces. Place on baking sheets, spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Bake about 10-12 minutes, turning and moving them around as they shrink to make sure they evenly crisp up.

Top with shredded parmesan cheese, bake an additional 5 to 6 minutes until the edges are crisp but not burnt. Time will vary depending on your oven.

The great thing about kale chips, is that once you get the hang of it, you can season them any way you want to create new versions of this snack.

Most people wouldn’t think of serving kale as the main entrée for dinner. Once you try this recipe from the food blog Pinch of Yum, you’ll change your mind. The flavors in this dish blend superbly and while the recipe calls for butter, substituting olive oil works just as well, and does not affect the flavor of the dish.

 

How To Eat It: Warm Balsamic Kale Salad

 

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup diced onion

1 red pepper, diced

1 yellow pepper, diced

8 oz. baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced

4 cups kale

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup Asiago cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of butter. Add the onions and peppers then sauté for several minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and one tablespoon butter and sauté for several minutes until browned. Add kale, garlic, and balsamic vinegar. Sauté until the kale is deep green but not yet wilted. Remove from heat and serve topped with Asiago cheese.

 

You’ll love this healthy dish, and if you’re not sure it will be enough to fill you up, you can always serve it with some brown rice or grilled chicken breasts. The salad is simple to make and packed with flavor, while still being light.

The last thing you want after hitting the gym is to erase your progress in the kitchen. Research some food blogs, or contact us at our gym in Tyler, TX. We’ll work with you to create an exercise routine and a meal plan that works for you. You’re on the path to healthy living and there’s no shame in allowing us do some of the work for you.

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