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the benefits of kale

26th May 2017 by Jess

We can't get enough of kale! Our kale crisps are satisfyingly crunchy with their light coating of cashew nut butter and chia seeds, with zesty lime juice to round out the flavour. But why do we like kale so much in the first place?

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What is kale?

This powerhouse has been talked about a lot over the last few years, and deservedly so. Considered 'the king of leafy greens', kale is actually a member of the Brassica family, making it a closer relative to broccoli and brussels than spinach or romaine.

Several varieties of kale exist, lacinato kale, red kale, and regular kale; my favourite is lacinato “dino” kale! Kale is a dark leafy green with a dense and hearty texture, the taste is a bitter green flavour unless cooked or “massaged” when raw.

It's easy to grow, which is why it has become a staple in so many home gardens across the globe.

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What are the benefits of kale?

Just one cup of kale (around 67g) of fresh kale contains over 100% of your daily requirements for vitamins A, C and K. Kale also contains lots of other minerals such as manganese, copper, iron and potassium as well.

Our kale crisps are made from dehydrated kale which is coated in cashew butter and chia seeds. Adding this deliciously crunchy ingredient to a snack makes for a superb source of vitamin K, needed for healthy bones and blood flow.

Our kale crisps also contain copper, one of those minerals people don’t know a lot about, needed for energy metabolism, nervous system health, immune system support, healthy hair and skin. It helps transport iron around our bodies and protect our cells from stress.

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What are the best ways to eat kale?

Kale can be enjoyed no matter what your taste buds crave or what kind of lifestyle you lead: raw, baked, sauteed, or in liquid form.

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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