Kale is a veggie superfood + member of the cabbage family which also includes cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. Kale has a mild flavor, and comes in many colors ranging from dark green to different shades of blue or purple. Kale is low calorie and packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber; all of which are essential for healthy skin!
Kale contains potent antioxidants like vitamins A, C & E. These vitamins help combat the stress of sun exposure, plus environmental and other toxins that can leave skin wrinkled and sallow. Kale is also rich in iron and B6, which are important for full and shiny hair.
The tricky question you’re likely asking, “How do I get my family family to eat kale?” Previse Wellness Expert, Tamy Ottomeyer, has a wonderful story that lead to a family food revolution.
Tamy shares, “While waiting in line to check-out at our local grocery store, my youngest son (I should mention he’s a very particular eater) grabbed a free sample of Brad’s Raw Food Naked Kale. In near slow motion I watched as he put the “chip” in his mouth. Not only did he love the crunch and flavor, but helped himself to more! Ok mom’s… I don’t purchase candies, chips and soda typically found at the check-out area, but after nearly being revived by other shoppers I made an exception for these gluten free, vegan chips, which aren’t baked or fried. The chips are dehydrated so they retain a ton of nutritional goodness. Honestly, I should have purchased two – the whole container was nearly gone before we got home!”
Tamy continues, “My family and I were hooked. We purchased a Nutri-Bullet to make healthy fruit and veggie shakes, and coined a family phrase ‘kale-o-rama.’ Eventually our kale-o-rama passion led to the purchase of a dehydrator.“
Purchasing and using a dehydrator can be daunting and seem expensive. We’ve included the link Tamy used when researching and purchasing hers. What Tamy and her family spent on their dehydrator was soon made up as they began saving money they’d otherwise spend on ready-made retail products. As Tamy shared, “Preparing and dehydrating your own food may take some preparation and time, but the sense of fulfillment + financial savings is fantastic. We started with a simple recipe from The Sunny Raw Kitchen that built our confidence. As food dehydrating ‘newbies’ we were excited by our results… meaning we ate and loved our own product. The biggest lesson so far…. leave your kale big because it shrinks significantly when dehydrated!”
2 bunches kale, broken into large pieces by hand (preferably dino kale)
¾ cups sesame tahini
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ cup water ~ more if needed
1 clove garlic
1 lemon, juiced
¼ t. sea salt
¼ cup fresh parsley
Rinse and break your kale, then place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
Next, combine all your dressing ingredients in a blender and blend into a thick, smooth, paste-like consistency. Add more water if necessary. Pour the dressing over your kale and mix thoroughly with your hands to coat the kale. You want this mixture to be really glued onto the kale.
Place kale onto a Teflex sheet, on top of a mesh dehydrator screen, and dehydrate for 4 hours @ 110 degrees. You’ll need to use two trays. Rotate kale occasionally to dry uniformly.
Eat and Enjoy.
Really, she’s not kidding. According to Tamy, her family’s kale-o-rama is having a serious impact on kale supply at her local grocery store!
Tamy’s next attempt, which you will read about here – Sweet Potato Chips
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