We all know by now that kale is a food that we should all be eating, it’s high in phyto nutrients, antioxidants and has more protein per calorie than a T bone steak; pretty incredible I’d say! However, because kale is a cabbage and not a leaf, it requires a little bit of TLC in order to make it more palatable.
Massaging kale is the method that I use to make it delicious, because unlike steaming or sauteing, all the nutrients are preserved; now don’t get me wrong, I’m a chef and I love cooking this amazing cabbage leaf, but when we are talking about getting the most out of your kale experience, raw is ALWAYS best. Massaging kale is just that, giving it a really rough rub down; this weakens the outer membranes, therefore making it easier to eat, and it makes the kale more digestible. The video below highlights exactly how to massage kale effectively!
Zipped kale yields leaves and stems, so massage the leaves and reserve the stems for use in juice; we don’t want to consume the stems with the massaged leaves, because they are woody and rough, but they are full of wonderful juice and juice beautifully. So what is “zipped kale“? I explain in the video below! And when the zipped stems are combined with lemon, dandelion greens, cucumber, and pear, a sweet and lusciously detoxifying juice results.
When we are making juice, or anything for that matter, it’s important to consider what should be organic what doesn’t need to be; referring to the Dirty Dozen List or the Clean Fifteen , which has just been updated for 2013, both lists will guide you in the right direction.
All Hail Kale (stems) Juice
1 bunch kale stems
2 lemons, peeled
1 English cucumber
1/4 bunch dandelion greens
Feed all ingredients through a juice and drink within 8 hours.
Do you love kale? What is your FAVORITE way to consume it? Raw, cooked, in juice, in smoothies? I’d love to know!