Confession: I Really, Really (Really) Hate Kale

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There was an audible gasp at our morning web meeting today when I admitted aloud that I, Emily Leaman, health and fitness editor of Philadelphia magazine, absolutely, positively, patently hate kale.

I’ll give you a minute to recover from your shock.

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Better?

Here’s the thing: I feel like I’ve given kale a pretty good shake, but no matter how I dice it (or, more accurately, how I prepare it) I just can’t seem to get behind it. It tastes bitter and earthy to me, and there is absolutely nothing pleasant about chomping away at something that tastes like sour dirt. Honestly every time I eat it, I can’t fathom how other people choke it down so easily. And voluntarily.

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Drink: The Kale Margarita at Lolita

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The Green Garden Margarita

Happy hour just got a little bit healthier, thanks to Lolita’s new Green Garden Margarita: A margarita made with a puree of kale, spinach and basil, limonada, ginger, agave and, of course, tequila. Otherwise known as The Boozy Green Juice of Your Dreams.

The 13th street restaurant, which re-opens its doors today after months of renovation and revamping their menu, will be slinging a few other concoctions you won’t feel too guilty about drinking, too, like the Beetarita — a margarita made with beet root juice, green apple and ginger. Who knew drinking tequila could feel so — dare I say it? — healthy.

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Apparently, Hipsters Are Very Healthy Eaters, According to This HuffPo List

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I didn’t know there was such a thing as “hipster foods,” but maybe I’m just not cool enough. On the latest list from Huffington Post, 22 foods are called out as “the most hipster foods on the planet,” said in typical mocking-with-eye-roll tone of voice that usually accompanies any list with the word hipster attached to it.

And while the Huffington Post admits the list is “all in good fun,” what I find funny/interesting/noteworthy is the fact that, according to this list, hipsters must be very healthy eaters. Go hipsters! Maybe we should all aim to be more like you.

Here’s a sampling of what HuffPo considers to be “hipster food,” and why we should maybe all just become hipsters already. (Note: By this metric, I’m guessing at least 90 percent of Be Well readers would be classified as hipsters.)

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5 Kale Recipes to Celebrate National Kale Day

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Today is National Kale Day. Or, at least, it will be if enough people sign this petition.

In an effort to decrease the obesity epidemic, Dr. Drew Ramsey and “Skinny Chef” Jennifer Iserloh founded the organization Team Kale. According to the website, the organization “provides tools, resources and community so that every American has access to this incredibly nutritious, inexpensive whole food, but can also learn ways to cook and grow it.”

And, with type 2 diabetes in the lead as the fastest-spreading medical condition of our time (at the rate it’s going, the disease will affect one in three people worldwide by 2020), you can see why these guys are so passionate about the nutrient-dense leafy green.

So, in support of Team Kale creating a national day of recognition that won’t give us a hangover (I have yet to recover from National Margarita Day 2013), we’ve found some totally awesome recipes showcasing everyone’s favorite superfood. Don’t tell quinoa I said that.

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