The staff at Hillsides work hard to make eating healthy and fun for the children in residence. Here, staffer Adrian Solorio imagines a tongue-in-cheek conversation with kale to make this unsung vegetable more accessible and appealing to kids (and maybe adults, too!).
Interviewer: Over the past few years you’ve grown in popularity but it still seems like the general public doesn’t really know who you are. Would you care to elaborate a little about where you come from?
Kale: I appreciate you taking the time to get to know me on a deeper level ‘cause you know, it’s been a long road to get the recognition I deserve. I’m telling you, haters are everywhere.
Interviewer: Are you referring to the beef you’ve been having with broccoli?
Kale: Exactly. You know we’re family right?
Interviewer: Really? I was unaware of that.
Kale: Yeah man, me, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts, we’re all related. It’s just that I’m descended from wild cabbage, so you know some of these other dudes think that makes them better than me.
Interviewer: Again, just to clarify, you are referring to broccoli?
Kale: You said it. Not me.
Interviewer: Would you care to elaborate a little more?
Kale: This goes way back. I actually got my start in 4th century Greece. I was a steady part of the diet of the greatest philosophers in the history of Western Civilization. Socrates, Aristotle. Plato. Broccoli can’t claim that! Brain power, baby! You want to know something else pretty cool about kale?
Kale: Because we were so easy to grow and pack so many important nutrients, during World War II the civilian population of England was encouraged to cultivate us as part of the Dig for Victory Campaign. The country was rationing food at the time due to the war, and we were cultivated to make up for all the missing nutrients people weren’t getting. We didn’t get any medals but I like to think we did our part to help the war effort.
Interviewer: You’ll get no argument from me. Moving on, would you care to share some of your health benefits with the rest of us?
Kale: For starters, I’m low in calories and contain absolutely no fat. Not only that but I pack lots of fiber. And guess who packs more iron per calorie than beef?
Interviewer: I’m going to have to assume it’s you.
Kale: Correcto mundo! When you eat kale, your blood is able to carry more oxygen throughout your body and this helps with cell growth and liver function. Not only that but I have antioxidants that help protect against cancer. And guess who has more calcium per calorie than milk? Me.
Interviewer: Awesome information. Care to tell us where we can get more info and connect with you?
Kale: Oh man, you can get some info here… And you can always connect with me by serving me up on your dinner plate.
Adrian Solorio is a Project Development Specialist at Hillsides who is dedicated to enhancing the services provided to the children. Previously he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine.