Hail To The Kale

I discovered a secret that might just be true:

Having a salad with a meal or before going out to a party will keep you fuller longer.

The CSA box arrived with bell peppers, eggplant, green beans, zucchini and kale.

The kale salad filled me up and I didn’t feel like eating a lot more of the other food.

I’ll give you the recipe for a kale salad. You can often find kale at a Greenmarket.

Kale Salad:

One head kale, leaves cut into pieces

Green peppers cut into strips

Beets, roasted in oven 350 to 400 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour, then peeled and diced

Goat cheese cut into small medallions

walnuts, optional

Mix the vegetables into the salad and then top with the goat cheese medallions. Sprinkle with walnuts if you’d like.

To cut the bitterness of the kale if you’d like: toss with olive oil and lemon or olive oil and vinegar.

I’d love to hear from others about whether having kale is a way to halt hunger longer after you eat it. This is what happened to me so I wonder about this.

Organic vegetables are the best bet even when you weigh in other factors. Absent choosing organic, choosing mostly fruits and vegetables is the better way to go than buying processed foods.

Healthy food is happy food. It can boost your mood too.

What’s not to like about that?

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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