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What is Kale, and why do people love it?

Kale

You may have heard the buzz about something called Kale, praising it as a new superfood that's versatile, tasty and a nutritious powerhouse.  But what is Kale and what makes it so healthy? 

Part of the cabbage family, Kale is a brassica and is produced here in Blighty, mostly in Lincolnshire. With a deep green colour and large, curly leaves it can be used in a variety of recipes, bringing a mild and rustic taste to a range of dishes.

Our expert Nutritionist Caroline Farrell loves Kale too!

 “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.”

Kale Recipes!

Because Kale is so versatile, it can be added to a variety of dishes, ranging from salads and smoothies through to casseroles and Sunday roasts! Here are a couple of ideas to get you startd:

1 - Kale crisps

Tasty, crunchy, nutritious and a great alternative to their potato cousins, Kale crisps are easy to make and can be flavoured with chili flakes, garlic, salt, pepper and nutritional yeast for a simple and scrumptious snack:

What you need:

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

Get Crispin’!

  1. Preheat 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.

2 – Kale and salad with satay sauce

Serving 2, this is an easy salad that is bursting with nutrition and flavour.

What you need:

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

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.

So there you have it, Kale seems to be the full package – versatile, simple, tasty and chock full of the good stuff. Have you already discovered Kale and have some recipes of your own? Get in touch and let us know! For more ideas on healthy snacks and wellbeing, check out our community section for a wealth of tips and articles.

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