News flash for you kale lovers out there: Today, October 1st, 2014 is National Kale Day. An entire day to celebrate the wonders of the lean, green, kale machine.

Why should we celebrate? Kale is queen of the cruciferous vegetable family. Royalty. Queen Kale abounds in nutritional riches.

Here are just a few: anti-inflammatory nutrients, flavonoids that could help prevent cancer, high fiber and protein, excellent source of vitamins C, K, and A, detoxifying antioxidants…the list goes on.

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Kale is also versatile. Smoothies (like our favorite simple and scrumptious green smoothie, kale chips, pesto, omelets, soups, and salads are all potential goldmines for kale.

National Kale Day’s website has some amazing recipes, more nutrition facts, plus the “What Type of Kale Are You?” Quiz.

You, too, could be a #kalehero, spreading the good name of kale to the world.