Kale has been dubbed one of the greatest superfoods in modern times, although it is similarly well known for it’s bitter taste. The easiest way to have your daily serving of greens is through juicing, since the taste is overpowered by sweet fruits and vegetables. Kale is full of hidden nutrients and is low in calories and has absolutely zero fat. We’ve found five ways to reap the benefits of kale without that bitter taste.
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Since kale is quite a leafy vegetable, it can also double up as a perfect nutritional snack. Although kale is best when eaten raw, why not try kale chips to get acquainted to the taste.
1. Always use fresh kale and avoid putting it into the fridge since the flavour can get bitter as it ages. Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 200°C, or 180°C for fan-forced.
2. Tear off pieces of kale leaves depending on how big or small you want your chips. Remember that when kale goes dry, the size will shrink dramatically so don’t make them too small either.
3. Simply line a tray with baking paper and spread the kale chips evenly across the space. Leave in for about 10-15 minutes until the edges start to brown slightly.
Juicing has become an extremely popular way to receive the daily intake of greens without the bad taste. Kale features prominently has the main ingredient in green juices, since it is packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and is very high in calcium amongst it’s other health benefits. Add a few leaves of kale into your juice to enjoy it’s vitamins and nutrients without the taste.
Kale works perfectly in eggs since it breaks down super fast, and as a result the taste isn’t too overpowering. Add into your breakfast with scrambled eggs or choose to sauté kale as a substitute to meat. Green eggs are high in vitamins and minerals, and are easy on the calories as well.
The best way to eat kale is raw since many of the nutrients dissolve when cooked at a high temperature. If you’re worried about the taste, simply start out by mixing a bit of kale into your usual salad. Keep the leaves small, and each time try to add in more if you adjust to the taste. Try to add in some seasonal fruits like strawberries to make the salad sweet and nutritional. Remember to remove the stem and centre ribs before eating raw, since this is the source of bitterness which most people experience.
Add kale into any pasta dish as a topping or into the sauce for an extra special evening. The best way is to braise or boil the kale since it doesn’t lose it’s nutrients but rather acts as a nutritious end to any meal.
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