What is Kale?
- Kale is a food definitely sent from above.
- It is a rich leafy green vegetable that is light and crispy.
- Kale is a green leafy vegetable that is in the same group as brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage.
- Kale; like broccoli when chopped lets off a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.
- It is extremely low in calories.
- High in fibre.
- Its full of many vitamins and minerals that are hard to find in food today and our body needs and thrives from.
- It has vitamins K. It is very high in folate, vitamin A and C as well as many others. Folate is 1 of the B vitamins and helps to make protein and keep us going.
- It also has quite high amounts of calcium, mangenese, niacin, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
- The list is endless really. It is full of all good stuff!!!
Where do you get it?
If you don’t want to grow it yourself try to buy it from a farmers market. Its great if you can purchase your veges straight from the farmers themselves as you know that it is at its freshest. Great organic shops usually have good fresh kale too. Its usually about $4.50 a bunch in season. When you buy kale make sure it looks fresh, green and crispy… Don’t settle for the limp stuff.
SO how do you eat it?
Raw is always best! Raw means that is is still alive. If you heat something up it may still contain certain traces of nutrients but some deficiency has taken place due to the cooking, you are killing the food a little. Researchers believe a process occurs in humans indicating that different raw foods each have unique and potentially significant biological effects and that healers for thousands of years have stressed that raw foods are essential to the healing process and the maintenance of health. If we are going to eat such a nutrient dense food like kale we want to get everything out of it so its best to eat it raw and there are so many things you can do to maximize the great fresh taste.
In saying this you can cook it like you would steam spinach, you can add it raw to any salad, and you can have some fun with it and make some kale chips! We LOVE KALE CHIPS!
Kale chips can be made raw by dehydrating them or you can cook them in the oven on a very low heat until crispy. Our recipe below is amazing! It is creamy, crispy and oh so yummy! A batch doesn’t last 5 minutes in our house. TRY IT!
RAW Creamy Cashew Kale Chips
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup Water
- 2 Tbls olive oil
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- Pinch sea salt
- Pull all leaves off the stems of the Kale and tear into pieces. Wash thoroughly and dry. Leave to the side in a bowl.
- Combine cashews, garlic, water, oil, paprika and sea salt into a high powered food processor like a VITAMIX. Wizz until combined and smooth.
- Pour mixture into bowl with the kale leaves and massage the cashew mixture into the leaves until totally covered.
- Lay kale pieces onto drying racks of your dehydrator.
- Dehydrate on medium over night (6 – 10 hours) …
Note: If you don’t have a dehydrator you can put them in the oven on 120 degrees with the door open for about 6-10 hours or until crispy.
CHOOSE LIFE, LIVE IT, DO IT