It's no secret that Kale is one of the most nutrient-rich vegetables in the world. It's been dubbed by experts as a superfood and it truly lives up to this title.
It's been several years since Kale burst onto the global food scene as one of the "hip" superfoods endorsed by celebrities, and its popularity shows no sign of waning.
So what makes Kale so awesome?
Kale, like cabbage or broccoli, is a cruciferous vegetable. Its leaves range from green to purple and can either be wavy or smooth.
A cup of Kale is packed with loads of vitamin K (around 1,200% of the daily recommended value), vitamin A (100% of DV), vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and many others. Plus, it only has around 33 to 36 calories, just 6 grams of carbs and very little fat. It has also been proven to have Glucosinates, which are anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Kale can also lower your cholesterol.
Because of this, adding Kale to your daily diet can cause your nutrient intake to skyrocket.
Here are some fun and creative ways to add Kale into your daily diet!
Though more popular used in salads or smoothies, Kale can be enjoyed in a number of ways. Raw kale can be chopped and added to pasta or stir-fried dish; it can also be braised in chicken stock and beans for a one-pot meal.
When dried, Kale can be turned into yummy chips that can boost the flavor and nutrition of daily meals.
Here are some yummy ideas to try today!
1. Sandwiches with Crispy Kale
Kale chips make for excellent sandwich stuffers. Pair them with some tomatoes, grilled chicken, fresh greens and your choice of salad dressing. Then stack 'em up to your heart's content!
2. Pizza with Crunchy Kale Toppings
Another great way to enjoy kale chips would be to crush them into pizza toppings, which would be a perfect match for vegan pesto pizza, along with avocado, onion, hemp parmesan, and spiced chickpeas.
3. Crunchy Kale wraps
Crumble Kale Chips into your usual salad wrap for added flavor and a pleasantly crunchy texture. This would be great with a tortilla wrap stuffed with grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, shaved parmesan, croutons, bacon bits, and classic caesar dressing.
4. Crispy Kale Chips on Soup
Liven up some tomato and sesame seed soup by topping it with crispy kale chips! The crunchy toppings will provide a pleasant flavor and texture contrast to the richness of the broth.
5. Dehydrated Kale Chips with Lettuce wraps
Another refreshing idea would be to crush kale chips and mix it with some seasoned tofu before serving it on a bed of iceberg lettuce.
6. Dried Kale Chips with Sour Cream and Chives
Our favorite Kale Chips is featured in our Summer Harvest Chibundle, a fresh collection of choice goodies that capture the flavors of summertime in the Philippines.
Take Root's Kale Chips in Sour Kream and Chive flavor highlights what we love about dried kale chips, with a uniquely fresh flavor and texture, all while locking in all the good stuff.
Order your Summer Harvest Chibundle now and savor the flavors of this unique Filipino-made product!
lead images courtesy of Take Root Instagram account (Dani_nemeh Kale Sandwich; Mei Yee Kale Pizza)