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Cr(EAT)e Food Blog: Kale in a Hand Basket

Juan smoothie

Juan smoothieKALE…it certainly does a body good.  It’s one of those enigmatic foods with the power to make you feel healthier as you eat it.  It’s not just a garnish or filler in the supermarket meat cases of yesteryear, but rather a Super Food that is chock full of Vitamins A, K, and C.  It’s certainly a lovely backdrop to a hearty salad, especially when cut with fresh baby spinach and then embellished with candied nuts, strawberries, red onions, and feta cheese.  Eleven’s own Chef Bill Lyle served a similar version recently at a Beard Foundation luncheon, carefully massaging the leafy green to delicious pliability before layering with the aforementioned ingredients.

Kale Salad a la Eleven

Kale Salad a la Eleven

Kale can also be used as a vessel for detoxing your body, especially after a Holiday season of food debauchery.  We’re currently blending our “Kale Me Baby” Smoothie at the Eleven coffee bar (see recipe below) that includes kale, ginger, and honey dew melon which together pack a wallop of healthy vitamin C; in fact, one single cup of kale has 133% Daily Value of Vitamin A and 134% Daily Value of Vitamin C.  Splendid!

And Kale will be abundant this year at the Bentonville Farmers’ Market, so consider it as a healthy alternative to green leaf and romaine lettuces as we enter the spring and summer months of 2014.  In fact, the Market’s Rocky Comfort Natural Farm grow kale 100% naturally, never using chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides; and they also boast a no-till status with an abundance of delicious heirloom vegetables.

So, the next time you’re feeling a bit run down, or just plain HUNGRY; consider the healthful, delicious virtues of KALE, certain to help you Live longer, Love harder, and Eat better!

Kale smoothieKale Me Maybe Smoothie 1 large kale leaf (sans back spine) 6 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice 1 slice of honeydew melon ½ oz. lavender syrup 1 squeeze of lemon juice 2-3 fresh sage leaves 1 cup of vanilla or plain Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp. clover honey 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger root 1 dried fig Pinch of garam masala

Place all ingredients in food processor, blend until smooth.

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