Kale — is it Worth the Hype?

By Paul Medley

Contributor

Post Date / 05/31/2017

It used to be that the mysterious, dark green, curly plant at the back of the grocery store’s produce section was a secret known only to a few. If you took the time to find out, the riddle of kale may be yours to unravel — it’s slightly bitter taste, versatility in cooking, and nutrient-rich goodness made it a great addition to the eclectic cook’s repertoire.


Now, that’s all changed. The health benefits of kale are everywhere. In fact, the cries about its use as part of a healthy diet are outmatched only by the sheer number of ways to prepare it. Whether you want to chop, stir-fry, bake, steam or boil. Whether you want kale chips, kale cakes, kale smoothies, kale salad, or kale burritos.


There’s no doubt about it, kale is great, In fact, if you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or simply conscious about how you choose to eat, chances are you’ve already had kale this week! But, against all of this kale love, is the hype really worth it? Well, yes, and no.

The Case for Kale

Kale is packed full of good stuff. A cup of kale is low in calories (33 to be exact), has three grams of protein, two and a half grams of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, and some other really good stuff. It also pairs well with beans, lentils, and other pulses to provide a complementary way of getting nutrients.


The Case Against Kale

Kale can sometimes be, let’s be honest, a little… boring! Unless you really take time to learn how to cook it, kale can become something you just feel you “have to add” to a dish. Combine that with the fact it can be bitter and a little tough, and getting the most out of kale takes effort. What if there was an alternative to having so much kale in your life? It turns out there is.


The Joy of Kiwami Greens

How about combining your kale adoration with another delicious and healthful addition to your diet? We’re talking about Kiwami Greens, a nutritious and tasty combination of ashitaba, young barley leaf (which contains more than double iron than kale), matcha, and sencha.

Kiwami Greens is filled to the brim with goodness — Vitamins C, and E, Minerals (calcium, iron, potassium), fiber, folic acids etc. You can drink it “as is” (simply pouring into cold or hot water) or combine it with kale or other fruits and veggies for delicious beverages, yoghurts, and smoothies. Yum!

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