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National Kale Day

Make sure you get your daily dose of greens - it's National Kale Day! Enjoy a nutritious meal full of flavor with kale and other healthy ingredients.
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On the first Wednesday of October, it's time to celebrate National Kale Day! This day is a celebration of all things kale, from its health benefits, to its versatility in cooking. Kale has been around since ancient times and is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region. It was even eaten by Greek and Roman soldiers as part of their meals! Kale is a nutritious superfood that has become increasingly popular over the years, so why not take this special day to enjoy some delicious kale dishes?

History of National Kale Day

National Kale Day Dates

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>600 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kale's Ancient Origins</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kale is believed to have originated in the eastern Mediterranean region and was a significant food source for ancient Roman and Greek societies.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Middle Ages</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kale in the Middle Ages</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the Middle Ages, kale was a common green vegetable in all of Europe, providing vital nutrients throughout challenging times.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1700s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kale Crosses the Atlantic</div><div class='timeline-text'>European settlers brought kale to North America in the 17th century, establishing it into colonial gardens.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kale's Modern Popularity Surge</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 2010s, kale became known as a "superfood", significantly growing in popularity among health-conscious individuals and restaurant menus worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Kale Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Kale Day was established in 2013 to celebrate the health benefits and versatility of kale, and is now celebrated every first Wednesday in October.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Kale Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own Kale chips</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making kale chips is an easy and healthy way to get a snack that everyone in the family can enjoy. Simply wash and dry your kale, season with your choice of spices, and bake for about 8 minutes for a crunchy snack.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Grow your own kale</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Growing your own kale is a great way to celebrate National Kale Day. With a little effort, you can have fresh kale at your fingertips all summer long. All you need is some soil, compost, and a sunny spot.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a farmers market</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Nothing beats getting fresh produce from the local farmers market. Make sure to stop by and pick up some fresh kale to celebrate National Kale Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a new kale recipe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrating National Kale Day is a great excuse to try out a new recipe. Search online for something you've never made before and give it a try.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Cook a kale dish for dinner</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Serving up some delicious kale dish for dinner is the perfect way to celebrate National Kale Day. Get creative and see what you can come up with!</p></div></div>

Why National Kale Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kale is a nutrient powerhouse</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Kale is packed full of beneficial vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, C and K as well as calcium and iron. Eating just one cup of chopped kale will provide you with over 100% of your recommended daily intake of these key nutrients! Plus, it's also high in fiber – a nutrient that most people don't get enough of.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kale is low in calories</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One cup of chopped kale contains less than 40 calories - making it an ideal choice for those on a calorie restricted diet. Plus, the fiber helps keep you feeling satiated without loading you up on unnecessary sugars or fats.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Kale is gluten free & plant based</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>If you're looking for a healthy alternative to animal proteins or a gluten free option, Kale is the perfect solution. It's totally vegan, packed with vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber and can easily be incorporated into any meal. So if you're looking for a way to add some more nutrition to your diet, give kale a try!</p></div></div>

5 Incredible Kale Facts for Healthy Eaters

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kale Comes in a Variety of Colors and Textures</h3><p class='facts-content'>Beyond the standard green curly kale, there are other captivating varieties including purple kale, dinosaur kale (also known as Tuscan or Lacinato kale), and Russian red kale offering an array of textures and flavors to your meals.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kale is Packed Full of Antioxidants</h3><p class='facts-content'>Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other flavonoids are plentiful in kale and play a pivotal role in health benefits such as reducing inflammation and protecting against certain diseases.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kale Has More Iron Per Calorie Than Beef</h3><p class='facts-content'>Iron is essential for good health, aiding in the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, and more. Kale's impressive iron content makes it a plant-based nutrient standout.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kale Can Aid in Digestion and Detoxification</h3><p class='facts-content'>The fiber content and sulfur in kale aid in digestion and liver health, making it a great food for detoxifying the body.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kale Is High in Calcium</h3><p class='facts-content'>In fact, per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk. This is good news for those on dairy-free diets as it aids in preventing bone loss and osteoporosis.</p></div></div>

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2025

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2027

Oct 6

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