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5 Ingredients to Pair with Kale

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Kale is a popular food for people who care about their health and nutrition, and for good reason. Kale is loaded with vitamins A, K, and C as well as iron, potassium, calcium, antioxidants and fiber. The U.S. National Library of Medicine listed it as one of the "super veggies" because it packs so many nutrients with few calories and fat. Studies suggest diets rich in veggies like kale can boost the immune system, strengthen bones, improve eye and heart health, aid the digestive system and protect from certain kinds of cancer. 

The NLM explained that you can eat kale raw in a salad, saute it with olive oil or throw it in your all purpose blender for a quick, nutritious smoothie. If you're looking for foods to accompany this super veggie, try out these five healthy and delicious complements.

1. Roasted peppers 
When you roast or saute some kale for a tasty dinner, you want to pair it with other healthy vegetables. Real Simple magazine suggested mixing kale with roasted peppers for a sweet and spicy warm salad. Not only do the flavors go well together, but bell peppers are also free from fat and cholesterol, low in sodium and high in vitamin C. The magazine advised serving with balsamic dressing and olives.

2. Avocado
Mix avocado and kale together in your fitness blender for a vibrant green and nutrition-packed smoothie. Avocados are full of magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C and monounsaturated fat. Add some chopped banana and low-fat yogurt for a filling smoothie at any point of the day.

3. Beets 
Not only can fresh beets taste great on a salad with raw kale, but these two plants grow well together too. Try planting these vegetables near each other in your garden and enjoying them come harvest time. Beets are low in fat and sodium with good amounts of vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene and fiber. 

4. Tomatoes 
If you're new to kale try adding it to a healthy, homemade pizza. Start off by massaging your kale with olive oil to make it less tough and easier to eat. Add the kale to the top of your pizza with sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The olive oil will help your body absorb the tomatoes' oil-soluble nutrients better, and it'll taste great. 

5. Farro 
Cooking Light recommended health-conscious eaters mix wilted kale with farro and walnuts. Farro is a cereal grain mix that has been around for centuries. It's a great source of protein, complex carbohydrates, niacin, antioxidants and minerals, and works well as a taste and texture complement for wilted kale.