Leafy greens like kale are an import part of a healthy diet, and using a homemade kale powder is an easy and convenient way to get more greens in your life.
I wish I could say that I’ve always eaten kale, but I haven’t. For most of my life I had never even heard of it. Then all of a sudden kale was everywhere. I spied it at the market, in magazines and online, it was in salads and soups, sautéed and even made into chips. Kale was demanding to be noticed. There wasn’t much I could do except to try this bitter, leafy green myself.
With its long, thick, ungainly looking leaves, it’s an intimidating vegetable at first glance. A member of the cabbage family, kale is highly nutritious leafy green. It’s a rich source of phytonutrients, calcium and vitamins A, C and K, which makes it an extraordinarily nourishing food to put in your body.
When dried in the oven, the once rough and hearty kale leaves crisp up into thin chip-like sheets. As it dries, the flavor gets fuller and the sharp bitterness transforms into an earthy sweetness. If you haven’t made kale chips yet, do so. But this post isn’t about making kale chips … it’s about kale powder.
Take a batch of kale chips for a spin in the food processor and you end up with a fine emerald green powder you can sprinkle with abandon on anything you chose. Using a greens powder is an easy way to boost your favorite dishes with a little extra nutrition. Mix your kale powder into vinaigrettes, sauces, salads, smoothies, soups, eggs, vegetable sides etc… (A whole bunch of kale will make about 2 Tablespoons of greens powder so a little goes a long way.)
But don’t stop at kale, make your own greens powder from any leafy green you’d like. Chard, collard greens, spinach, parsley all make good additions to a greens powder along with kale.
I’m now happily getting my daily dose of greens, are you?