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What’s the hot product that everyone is buying?
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kale1 It’s Kale!    Kale is certainly not a new item but anything containing kale certainly is certainly hot right now.   Whether fresh, frozen or in the form of a snack, kale is flying off the shelves.  You can juice it, snack on it or add it to baked goods, soup and salad.  There are endless ways to get this nutritious product into your diet. [caption id="attachment_4645" align="aligncenter" width="335"]kale2 Throw some kale into your smoothie![/caption] So what are the benefits of Kale?  Research has shown that Kale can help lower the risk of 5 types of cancer (bladder, colon, breast, ovary and prostate).  Kale has many different flavonoids that can help reduce chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.  Kale is extremely high in Vitamin K (Vitamin K is essential for normal blood clotting and synthesis of proteins that are found in bone, plasma and the kidney), Vitamin A and Vitamin C.  It is also a good source of copper, iron, potassium and phosphorus Festival Foods carries fresh kale in the Produce Department and frozen kale (Woodstock) in the Natural foods department.  Festival also caries raw kale snacks (Brads) in the Natural department. Do you enjoy the simple things in life?  If so, you’ll love the deliciously simple naked flavor of Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale.  Coated with red bell pepper, cashews, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, chickpea miso, and Himalayan sea salt, these kale chips are good for snacking whenever and wherever!  We recommend sprinkling some on your soup or using them to add extra crunch to your salad! kale3 Are you picking our fresh kale from the Produce Department?  Here are a couple of tips: Selecting and storing Look for deep color in the leaves. Kale is best kept in a plastic bag pierced for aeration, and it lasts in the refrigerator 3 to 4 days. While baby kale can be eaten raw, the bigger winter variety should be cooked. Rinse it well under cold water; if center stems are large, strip the leaves from the stem with a sharp knife. Steam about eight minutes and it will be nicely crunchy; steam 30 to 40 minutes to give it a soft texture similar to cooked spinach. Sliced or shredded kale will require less cooking time. Wondering what to make with kale?  Here is an easy recipe and a very healthy replacement for potato chips: Kale Chips
  • 1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling
Directions Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food. [caption id="attachment_4647" align="aligncenter" width="458"]kale4 Kale chips might look odd but they taste great![/caption]
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