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What is Kale, and why do people love it?

Kale

There is a lot of buzz around the almighty kale, and it’s been that way for some time. So, what exactly is it about kale that has many pouring over its superfood nutritional benefits?

Kale is praised for being versatile, tasty and highly nutritious. Discover the definition and role of superfoods here

Kale is a great addition to a meal; its curly leaves lend themselves well to a plethora of recipes, it also introduces a rustic taste to the mix it finds itself in, not to mention the huge boost in nutrition.

One of our nutritionists Caroline Farrell holds a particular affection for this curly green superfood, here’s her take:

Kale is a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as the Vitamin K, B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It also contains compounds known as glucosinolates which can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds. It also supports the function of the liver and aids detoxification.”

So, where can you start when bringing this nutritional powerhouse into your recipe repertoire?

Whether it be a salad, smoothie or a roast, kale can easily be applied to many dishes. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

Kale Crisps

A great snack which can be easily rustled up in the blink of an eye. An excellent alternative to the traditional potato crisp. Try flavouring these treats with garlic, chilli flakes, salt and pepper.

What you need:

  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 bag of fresh kale, washed and roughly chopped

Get Crispin’!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  3. Tear the kale into pieces, getting rid of the stem.
  4. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy

Kale and salad with satay sauce

The following recipe serves 2 and is absolutely brimming with nutrition and flavour.

What you need:

  • 8 Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove – finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soya sauce
  • 2 teaspoon Agave Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 3 tablespoon almond nut butter
  • ½ teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 bag of fresh kale, washed and roughly chopped

Mix it all up!

  1. Massage the kale in a large bowl with the oil until limp.
  2. Prepare the dressing by combining the water, chili, garlic, spices, soya sauce, agave syrup and nut butter until smooth.
  3. Add the sauce and tomatoes to the kale.

Also, check out the following recipes from the Natural Balance Food archives: Stuffed Baby Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries and Pistachios, Quinoa Cakes and Beautiful Buddha Bowls.

So, there's a little insight into the wonder of kale, as you can tell it ticks a whole load of boxes such as versatility, flavour and taste, as well as providing a bunch of nutritional benefits. For more dishes, head to our recipes section, alternatively, head to our blog to uncover some superb lifestyle and wellbeing tips. 

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