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Superfood Series: 5 Questions We Have About Kale
iamClaire Contributors
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By Anne Mari Ronquillo
 

At first glance, kale looks like a fancier and curlier lettuce. But this superfood has become so popular that it transcends the world of leafy greens. We can spot kale in face masks, chocolate bars, and baked favorites like muffins and brownies. What is this stuff?!
 
What does kale taste like?
Many kale loyalists will tell you that kale tastes exactly like health. The truth is, it’s actually quite bitter. Like many nutritious vegetables, it doesn’t taste as good as it seems, but foodies and chefs all over the world have concocted many recipes that make kale more palatable. Many people who prefer drinking their nutrients like to make kale smoothies mixed with fruits, almond milk, and their protein powder of choice.
 
Why is kale so expensive?
Did you stumble upon a rare bunch of curly kale in the chilled vegetables section? Did you inconspicuously put it back down after catching a glimpse of the price tag? Join the club. Kale is a winter plant that doesn’t thrive in tropical climates like ours without help. Growing kale in warmer places means it needs more lovin’ from a farming point of view, which would explain its astronomical price.
 
What kind of nutrients are we talking about here?
Curly kale is rich in vitamins A, C, and K. It is low on calories with virtually zero fat if you eat it by itself with a dash of salt and pepper. Like its relative, broccoli, it is rich in calcium, iron, good fats, and antioxidants. It’s the kind of food that you run to after a grueling annual executive medical check-up because you feel like you need all the help you can get.
 
What’s Chinese kale?
Chinese kale and Chinese broccoli are the same thing, which reinforces the link between the two cruciferous vegetables. It is believed that curly kale is more nutritious than the Chinese cuisine staple, which is probably why it is pricier in addition to being rarer in the Asian regions.


What are kale chips and why should I make them on my own?

Kale chips are even more expensive, and you’d be better off going the DIY route on this one. Good news is we’ve got a great and simple recipe!

·       Wash kale in cold water

·       Chop off the stems, and cut the leaves into manageable pieces

·       Line a baking pan with parchment paper then put the leaves on

·       Drizzle with coconut oil, and sprinkle with sea salt, and pepper (lemon pepper is also W-O-W)

·       Oven should be preheated at 350 degrees F, bake for 10-15 minutes

·       Enjoy your crispy and super healthy baked kale chips!


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