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You may have heard that Kale, a leafy green, is a superfood. The truth is that kale is one of the healthiest foods you can eat due to its high nutrient content. Has your elder loved one ever tried this healthy vegetable? If not, why not serve it on October 5th, National Kale Day? It is the perfect day to try something new and since kale is in season, it should be widely available and inexpensive at your grocery store or local farmer’s market. If they are reluctant to give kale a try, be sure to tell them about all of its amazing health benefits.
Health Benefits of Kale:
* Kale is a heart-healthy food and eating it can actually help your elder loved one to lower their cholesterol.
* Kale contains anti-oxidants such as vitamin C and manganese. These anti-oxidants help to prevent cell damage which, in turn, can help prevent some types of cancer.
* Kale is rich in vitamin C which can help strengthen your loved one’s immune system. This is especially important for seniors who have weakened immunity due to age.
* Kale is a great source of vitamin A, a nutrient essential to healthy eyesight.
* Kale is an excellent source of fiber which all seniors need in their diet to promote healthy digestion and regularity. Fiber also helps us to feel full after a meal.
* Kale has a low glycemic index, making it a great food choice for those with type 2 diabetes.
* Kale is a non-dairy source of calcium, so it is a wonderful choice for those who are lactose intolerant. Getting plenty of calcium is important for seniors who are losing bone density due to age.
* Kale actually contains protein, a nutrient seniors need every day. If your loved one eats a vegetarian diet or doesn’t eat much meat, serving Kale is a great way to make sure that they get protein in their diet.
Tasty Ways to Serve Kale:
* Kale can be served chopped and raw on a salads, slaws, and sandwiches.
* Try adding sautéed kale to pasta sauce to add nutrients and flavor.
* Cooked kale can also be added to soups and stews.
* Add some sautéed kale to your loved one’s breakfast omelet.
* Bake some kale chips to serve as a crispy snack.
* Add cooked kale to a breakfast frittata.