From VOA Learning English, this is the Health Report.
To prove that there is a celebration for just about everything, October 1 officially marked National Kale Day in the United States.
That's right – National Kale Day.
The big day of national celebration may have passed, but that does not mean you should not eat kale.
First, what exactly is kale?
Kale is in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
For people in Russia, kale is kapusta. In Italy, it is called cavolo. Hindi speakers call it gobhi. Or if you speak Japanese, the name is karu.
Different areas may have different names for kale, but it is a super healthy food -- whatever you call it.
In fact, in the United States, many people are calling it a "SuperFood." That does not mean it can fly over tall buildings like Superman and rescue people. (Well, actually, maybe it does). It does keep people healthy and keeps them safe from sickness.
Kale's health benefits
Kale is filled with healthy nutrients. It provides 1,000 percent of the daily recommended allowance for vitamin K. In other words, by eating kale you more than meet the nutrition requirements set by United States health officials.
Kale also has nearly 100 percent of the daily suggested intake of both vitamin A and C. That information comes from the U.S Department of Agriculture. Kale also has folate, a B vitamin that is important for brain development. It also has many other essential vitamins and minerals. Kale is good for your heart and may help fight against some kinds of cancer.
So, kale is good for us. It also tastes great. And there are many ways to cook it.
Cooking terms and kale recipes
The vegetable kale can be tough or hard. But it keeps more nutrients if you don't cook it too much. Here is a trick. Simply rub or massage the kale leaves with olive oil and seasonings. The leaves will break down and soften. The stems, or stalks, will remain tough. But you can sauté them or place them in soup for added vitamins and taste.
After you massage your kale, add a little more olive oil and sweet balsamic vinegar as a dressing – or your own favorite salad dressing. Add your favorite toppings for a healthy and delicious salad.
Steaming kale on the stovetop is a really healthy way of cooking this leafy green vegetable. First boil a pot of water and steam the kale on top in a steamer container.
You can also lightly sauté kale with garlic, some hot pepper and a little salt for a simple, delicious and healthy side dish. A side dish is a smaller dish that goes with the main meal.
Sautéed kale with nuts also goes well with fish. Kale is tasty when sautéed with foods like tomatoes or red peppers.
You can mix or drizzle kale with olive oil and bake it for 15 minutes until it gets crispy. These are called kale chips. You can also bake it on top of pizza for a healthy topping.
So eat some of this wonderful vegetable in your next meal. Your body will thank you.
Do you have a special way to prepare kale? Share your recipe in our comments section. This will give you the chance to use some of the cooking terms you heard in this story.
I'm Anna Matteo.
And now let's get cooking ... with some cooking words in this story.
1.broccoli n. 花椰菜；西兰花
She grew all the broccoli plants from seed.
2.intake n. 摄取量；通风口；引入口；引入的量
Your intake of alcohol should not exceed two units per day.
3.seasoning n. 调味品；佐料；风干；增添趣味的东西
Mix the meat with the onion, carrot, and some seasoning.
4.topping n. 糕点上的装饰配料；构成顶部的东西；除顶部；修剪树稍 adj. 杰出的，一流的；高耸的
You can put a lot of different pizza toppings on a pizza base.
1.It does keep people healthy and keeps them safe from sickness.
safe from 免于；没有…的危险
The President was deluding himself if he thought he was safe from such action.
She was safe from predatory birds on the verandah.
事实上，在美国，很多人称甘蓝为“超级食物”，这并不是说这种食物能像超人那样飞到大楼上去救人。（好吧，可能也可以 。）甘蓝确实能让人保持健康，免得疾病 。
甘蓝还含有充足的每日所需维生素A和C的建议摄取量，这一信息来自美国农业部。甘蓝还含有叶酸，这是一种对大脑发育很重要的维生素B 。甘蓝还含有许多种重要的维生素和矿物质，甘蓝对心脏有好处，可帮助对抗某些癌症 。
甘蓝菜可能会比较硬，如果不过分烹饪就能保留更多养分。这里有个诀窍，用橄榄油和调味料涂抹在甘蓝叶子上，甘蓝叶就会变软 。它的茎还是硬的，但你可以把它炒下，或者放在汤里增加维生素和风味 。