NO, i am not talking about money!  i am talking about KALE!  yummy yummy kale!  i just recently started incorporating this super food into my diet, but have been slacking a bit lately....so kale is my first featured functional food in my new blog!  a few tidbits on kale to start off the week...
one cup of cooked kale is only 36 calories, 1g fat, 7g carbs (3g fiber), 2g protein, and over 350% daily value (DV) of vitamin A (most of it is beta-carotene, which is a carotenoid and antioxidant), 90% DV vitamin C, 10% DV calcium and 6% DV iron.  It is also a good source of vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), thiamin, riboflavin, folate, Iron and magnesium, and a very good source of vitamin K and potassium. this veggie is VERY high on the nutrition scale and the "filling" scale, which makes it a very nutrient dense food! 
i am not a "greens" lover. not super fond of beet greens, they are a little too bitter for me, and i have not really tried collard, mustard, or turnip greens, since i wasn't raised on southern food, may have had them once or twice.  kale is "right on" on the bitterness scale and you do not have to cook it as long as some other greens. usually, just a quick saute will do!  kale is in the same family as Brussels sprouts and cabbage, other super foods!  aside from sauteing it, you can add it to soups, pastas, salads (just give it a quick blanch), and stir-fry.  make sure to either cook it in oil (i recommend olive or canola), or add oil after it is cooked...why you ask?...because many of the nutrients it is high in are fat-soluble!
now, for some of you out there who have a thyriod problems or are on blood thinning medications, before adding this to your diet on a consistent basis, check with your doctor because kale may interfere! 

that's all for now...stay tuned for more specific ways to incorporate kale into your diet, more phytochemical facts on kale and my recipes for this awesome veggie!  tomorrow night i am hoping to do a simple kale saute to be served with a scallop gratin (a Barefoot Contessa recipe)...can't wait to try it!