Obama Green Lights Operation Kale - Drew Ramsey MD

Four years ago, my friend Chef Jennifer Iserloh and I started National Kale Day. The mission is simple. Improve America’s health with more nutrient-dense plants. Kale is the shining star in our movement. Millions of people are eating kale and world production and consumption are at an all time high. This is outstanding for our health and our kale planet.

Why Kale? She represents all that is good in the plant kingdom, a glorious Queen of nutrient density. With only 33 calories per cup of raw kale, you get over 100% of the daily recommended value of vitamin K, A and C, along with iron, calcium, folate, fiber and protein, plus the many plant-based phytonutrients that protect our health.

Kale is also versatile in the kitchen. Don’t believe me? 50 Shades of Kale. It’s available year round, affordable, and easy to grow.

This year we have tons of ways for you to get involved.

Kale parties, big and small, happen around the world on Kale Day. Just hashtag #kaleday2016 to join the movement on facebook, instagram, pinterest, and twitter. Show us your kale! Need help getting the party going? Download this years free eCookbook. And, did we mention, we’re giving away $1,000? Join our Twitterchat at 9pm EST for more prizes and fun.

We’ll be reposting photos of your kale dishes and scenes from our favorite kale heroes, home cooks, farmers, moms, dads, kids, chefs, and (hopefully) the White House kale patch.


This year, we are honored and thrilled to have our military joining the kale party. To celebrate, every military commissary is serving up our favorite green. Operation Kale will is the largest ever mobilization of kale. Know someone in the military? Please spread the word to our kale heroes. They serve the country, let’s serve them kale.

I’ll be celebrating back in my home state of Indiana at Earlham College and Eskenazi Hospital. The wonderful folks at Eskenazi are handing out 4000 bunches of kale through Indianapolis Wednesday morning!

And, last but certainly not least, a big thank you to our sponsors this year. We have been supported every year by San Miguel Farms, great produce farmers who take to the streets handing out free kale in LA. This year they are joined by Simply 7 and Glory Foods, two companies offering an array of healthy choices. Please help thank our sponsors and look for their products in your local store.

During my annual kale mania I made a few memes and graphics… check them out and please share! Kale tastes even better with a side of laughter. Let’s have a wonderful celebration this year and thank you for your engagement and support.



Eat Complete

Winner of a 2017 IACP Cookbook Award  •  Finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award

Named one of the top health and wellness books for 2016 by Well + Good and MindBodyGreen


From leading psychiatrist and author of Fifty Shades of Kale comes a collection of 100 simple, delicious, and affordable recipes to help you get the core nutrients your brain and body need to stay happy and healthy.

What does food have to do with brain health? Everything.

Your brain burns more of the food you eat than any other organ. It determines if you gain or lose weight, if you’re feeling energetic or fatigued, if you’re upbeat or depressed. In this essential guide and cookbook, Drew Ramsey, MD, explores the role the human brain plays in every part of your life, including mood, health, focus, memory, and appetite, and reveals what foods you need to eat to keep your brain—and by extension your body—properly fueled.

Drawing upon cutting-edge scientific research, Dr. Ramsey identifies the twenty-one nutrients most important to brain health and overall well-being—the very nutrients that are often lacking in most people’s diets. Without these nutrients, he emphasizes, our brains and bodies don’t run the way they should.

Eat Complete includes 100 appetizing, easy, gluten-free recipes engineered for optimal nourishment. It also teaches readers how to use food to correct the nutrient deficiencies causing brain drain and poor health for millions. For example:

• Start the day with an Orange Pecan Waffle or a Turmeric Raspberry Almond Smoothie, and the Vitamin E found in the nuts will work to protect vulnerable brain fat (plus the fiber keeps you satisfied until lunch).

• Enjoy Garlic Butter Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles and Mussels with Garlicky Kale Ribbons and Artichokes, and the zinc and magnesium from the seafood will help stimulate the growth of new brain cells.

• Want to slow down your brain’s aging process? Indulge with a cup of Turmeric Cinnamon Hot Chocolate, and the flavanols found in chocolate both increase blood flow to the brain and help fight age-related memory decline.

Featuring fifty stunning, full-color photographs, Eat Complete helps you pinpoint the nutrients missing from your diet and gives you tasty recipes to transform your health—and ultimately your life.


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The Happiness Diet

For the first time in history, too much food is making us sick. It's all too apparent that the Modern American Diet (MAD) is expanding our waistlines; what's less obvious is that it's starving and shrinking our brains. Rates of obesity and depression have recently doubled, and while these epidemics are closely linked, few experts are connecting the dots for the average American.

Using the latest data from the rapidly changing fields of neuroscience and nutrition, The Happiness Dietshows that over the past several generations small, seemingly insignificant changes to our diet have stripped it of nutrients--like magnesium, vitamin B12, iron, and vitamin D, as well as some very special fats--that are essential for happy, well-balanced brains. These shifts also explain the overabundance of mood-destroying foods in the average American's diet and why they predispose most of us to excessive weight gain.

After a clear explanation of how we've all been led so far astray, The Happiness Diet empowers the reader with simple, straightforward solutions. Graham and Ramsey show you how to steer clear of this MAD way of life with foods to swear off, shopping tips, brain-building recipes, and other practical advice, and then remake your diet by doubling down on feel-good foods--even the all-American burger.


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Fifty Shades of Kale

Kale gets sexy in Fifty Shades of Kale by Drew Ramsey, M.D., and Jennifer Iserloh, with 50 recipes that are mouth-wateringly delicious and do a body good.
Release yourself from the bondage of guilt and start cooking meals with the ingredients you love: meat, cheese, and yes—even butter. Nutrient-rich kale provides essential vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy, happy, and lean—so you can indulge in your most delicious desires. Whether you’re a cooking novice or a real kale submissive, you will undoubtedly succumb to Kale’s charms.

From Mushroom and Kale Risotto to Kale Kiwi Gazpacho, Fifty Shade of Kale offers simple ways to have your kale and eat it, too, as well as nutritional information, cooking tips, and a tutorial on kale in all her glorious shades.
Indulge your culinary passions with Fifty Shades of Kale: 50 Fresh and Satisfying Recipes That Are Bound to Please.


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