Dear Fitness Friends,
There is no doubt that the “King of Leafy Greens,” kale, is a superfood. Its dark green-to-purple color, indicating plenty of antioxidants, and sturdy texture, indicating a filling fiber content, are just a few of its many benefits. Others include healthy amounts of vitamins A, C, and K; generous amounts of minerals including potassium, manganese and magnesium; and an abundance of nutrient compounds that are known to fight cancer. It is also very low in calories, making it an ideal food to aid in weight loss.
So we should be eating King Kale at every meal, right?
Not so fast.
I try to eat healthy food every day. I try to “walk my talk,” so to speak, in everything I do. I would NEVER instruct a client to do something or eat something with which I had little or no knowledge or experience. Fit people, I have eaten kale.
And I don’t like it. I have tried it several times and found it tough and bitter. I know a lot of people who LOVE kale, who include it in smoothies, soups and salads, and who will praise its taste and nutritional virtues to the skies. But I am not one of them.
My point is, no matter how good something is FOR you, if you can’t stand it, don’t force yourself to include it in your daily diet. There is no way to become miserable FASTER than to fill your diet with a bunch of so-called healthy foods that you struggle to choke down. After a few days of meals that, to me, taste like dirt or cardboard, I would be headed for In’N’Out so fast your head would spin.
HOWEVER: You cannot lose weight, build muscle, or get really healthy on a diet of French Fries and Krispy Kreme donuts. The key here is having a choice of foods that you really do enjoy, foods that your body can use to supply energy, build muscle, and create vibrant good health. There are SO many wonderful, delicious, nutritionally dense foods available, and all you need are a few great options to rely upon as standard fare. Instead of kale, for example, how about another great “leafy green” like baby spinach, broccolini, or Brussels sprouts? You can cook any of these in a bit of coconut or olive oil on your stovetop, and season with a little sea salt—truly delicious. Just about any vegetable can be prepared in a similar way, and it couldn’t be easier.
Pair any of the above with appropriate portions of a great, natural source of protein (chicken, beef, fish, etc.) and a healthy, starchy carb (sweet potato, brown rice, oatmeal, etc.) and you have the basics of a really delicious, healthy meal that you will actually look forward to!
For tips, tricks, and pointers about how to get lean and fit, you can always contact me: Nancy@N2Fitness.com