The Gluten-Free Girl’s Take on Kale


Sorry Abby, Carla, Arlene and Lis. I just can’t jump on the kale bandwagon. I know it’s supposed to be a super food and high in iron, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and K. Yes, it’s great for your cardiovascular system, has zero fat, is low in cholesterol and helps lower cholesterol.

But I won’t eat it! I can’t get past the taste.

It doesn’t matter if it’s boiled, fried, turned into a chip or even covered in chocolate. Alas, it breaks my heart to realize that chocolate cannot fix everything. 😉 I just can’t eat it.

So I offer you my favorite alternatives to kale:

  • spinach — vitamins A, C, calcium, iron, magnesium, fat free & cholesterol free
  • cabbage — vitamin K
  • asparagus — vitamins A & C, fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free, low calorie, high in folate and high in calcium
  • broccoli — vitamins A & C, iron, low fat, low sodium, cholesterol free, high in calcium
  • eggplant — fiber, fat free & cholesterol free
  • potatoes — vitamin C, calcium, iron and fiber
For more information about these or other delicious, healthy alternatives to kale check out

Next week, I’ll be here a day early–not crying about kale–interviewing our very own Abigail Sharpe! Her debut romance WHO WANTS TO MARRY A COWBOY goes on sale Tuesday, May 7, 2013 through Grand Central Publishing! So be sure to visit with me on Tuesday, leave a comment for Abigail and you just might win an e-copy of her book.

Here’s a sneak peek at her cover.


8 thoughts on “The Gluten-Free Girl’s Take on Kale

  1. Hahahahahaha! I wondered what you were going to do, Mary. Good choice. *grin* I LOVE eggplant!

    And thanks for the book shout out. I’m having a giveaway on my web page now, too. Click my name and go to the Giveaways tab (you might have to click again to see the info).

    • Arlene,

      I bet you’re the normal one. I’m the person who can’t stand the taste, sight or smell of kale. I’m like a little kid offered liver. I don’t have to see it, to turn green. 😉

  2. You’re breaking my heart, but unfortunately there’s no zealot like a convert. I didn’t think I’d like kale, and last night I caught myself wishing I had some. The taste really isn’t that bad. It’s strong, I’ll admit, but it’s not far from romaine lettuce.

    All we are saying is, Give Kale a Chance. 🙂 Besides, I’d be up to my ears in fiber if I ate all the alternatives you listed.

    Countin’ down ’til AG’s release date!! 🙂

    • Yeah, you might notice that lettuce was not on my list of alternatives. I hate lettuce too. (Except spinach.)

      And while I respect your desire to expand my horizons, I give you Bobby Brown’s answer…

      When it comes to kale, ♪ “That’s my prerogative.” ♫

      LOL! 😀

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