National Kale Day: Our Favorite Leafy Green 9 Ways

Calling all fitness and health freaks, it is National Kale Day! Yes, you heard right. It is the holy day where we all rejoice in our kale smoothies, salads, and baked goods. Wait, hold up. You can make baked good with kale? Indeed!

As a matter of fact, kale is incredibly versatile. Take a look at some of our favorite kale recipes from around the web, ranging from sweet to savory.

Interestingly enough, it’s not only National Kale Day, but it’s also National Vegetarian Day!  In order to stay true to both of these national (and glorious) holidays, we have decided that not only will these recipes involve heaps and bunches of kale, but also be completely meat-free, and (in some cases) even be completely animal product free.

SEE ALSO 10 Yummy Recipes For World Vegetarian Day

Enjoy the “holidays” with these delicious recipes.

Raspberry Kale Smoothie via Cooking Classy

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The best way to start your morning is with a fiber-filled fruit and greens smoothie. This option is calling our name.

Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus via The Roasted Root

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As if we could love hummus any more than we already do… but in comes kale hummus! This is a perfect way to sneak your greens in at snack time or even at parties. Everyone will be begging for more. Pair with flax crackers or fresh cut veggies.

Fresh Chopped Kale Greek Salad via Gimme Some Oven

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Summer may be over, but sometimes we still find ourselves craving a light and fresh salad. This is especially the case if it’s after a weekend filled with debauchery. There’s nothing wrong with indulging. You just have to know how to press the reset button!

SEE ALSO 10 Sensational Spring Salads

Spaghettini with Creamy Kale Sauce via Canuck Cuisine

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Pasta has long been a favorite comfort food. Get your dark, leafy greens in by blending it up into this rich sauce.

Roasted Portobellos With Kale via Martha Stewart

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With this vegan/vegetarian recipe, you’ll never be craving meat again.

Smashed White Beans and Kale Quesadillas With Creamy BBQ Dip via Running to the Kitchen

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This quesadilla had us at the gooey cheese, mashed beans, and sauteed kale. Pair with salad, fruit, or green smoothie for a balanced lunch.

Kale and Black Bean Burritos via Cookie and Kate

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We were not believers before, but kale in wraps is a surprisingly delicious lunch option as well. This version has it all: healthy fats (avocado), protein (beans), and carbs (wrap). This is real superfood for maximum energy.

Best Ever (Vegan) Cheesy Kale Chips via Our Little Green Dot

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We all crave chips sometimes. The trick is reaching for the healthier and less processed kind – at least 9 times out of 10!

Fudgy Chocolate Kale Cookies via One Ingredient Chef

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Finally, we leave you with these chocolate kale cookies that look simply to die for. Can we have these for breakfast?

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How do you like your kale?

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