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Eat Your Greens: 4 Easy Kale Recipes for Pregnancy

Kale. It’s not sexy, but it is incredibly healthy, especially if you’re pregnant.

The leafy green contains antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, K and iron and calcium. In short, it’s nature’s prenatal vitamin. Given the nutritional punch it packs, many label it a superfood.

Like many leafy greens, however, kale has a bit of a reputation, and not a good one. Many people assume that kale is tough, chewy and bitter–and in the wrong hands following the wrong recipe it can be.

After my midwife challenged me to eat kale at least twice a week during my pregnancy, I started looking for easy, tasty recipes that incorporated the green, and I am including four of my favorites for you to try.

Smoked sausage kale an potato soup from Epicurious. This incredibly easy, tasty soup gets a lot of flavor from the addition of smoked sausage. Vegetarians can substitute vegetarian sausage.

Spaghetti with braised kale from Bon Appetite. Pasta and kale provide each other a natural compliment and the the lemon juice and Parmesan cheese add just the right bite.

Crispy oven baked kale from Steamy Kitchen. Kale chips, really? Really. So easy, and addictive like potato chips.

Salad. My one last easy recipe (tip, really) is to finely chop kale (removing stems) and throw it into your regular salad. Some people use kale instead of lettuce, but I like a mix of both. It’s a nice way to up the vitamin content of an already healthy side dish. A light lemon vinaigrette is really all you need as a topper.

UPDATE: Check out Babble’s slide show on five kale recipes for kids.

What about you? Any favorite recipes you’d recommend?

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