Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably have heard by now how beneficial kale is for you, especially when you’re on a diet or following one of our weight management programs. Yet many have trouble integrating another leafy green veggie into their diets, even nutrient-dense superfoods like kale. The good news is, we’ve found a tasty recipe that will help you develop a love for kale if you haven’t already.
With just 33 calories per cup, kale is packed with an array of incredible nutrients, making it one of the most beneficial foods you can incorporate into your diet. One eight ounce serving boasts almost three grams of protein and two and a half grams of fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar levels and makes you feel fuller longer. This leafy green cruciferous veggie is also loaded with folate, vitamins A, C and K, as well as important minerals including iron, potassium, copper, phosphorus and manganese.
This recipe is chock full of flavor and nutritional benefits, making it ideal for weight loss. Click here to learn more about our weight loss management programs.
1½ heads leafy green kale
¾ cup raw pine nuts
1½ ounces fresh basil leaves
Fresh juice of one lemon
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
½ tbsp water
½ tsp Himalayan sea salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
To make the pesto, remove the stems from the basil leaves and then combine all the ingredients except for the kale and extra virgin olive oil in a blender.
Remove the stems from the kale before tearing it into small pieces and putting in a bowl. Pour the extra virgin olive oil onto the kale and toss well or rub it in with your hands. Add the pesto and toss well. Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
Makes 4 servings.