A kale tale

In case you haven’t heard, kale is having a moment of glory. And for good reason, too. It’s low calorie, high fiber, antioxidant-rich, and packed with a ton of letter-branded vitamins. (A, C, K…) Basically, the stuff is fantastic for you. Also, it’s delicious. Have I convinced you yet? (Ha! Like you needed convincing in the first place…) I’ve sampled/inhaled a couple of really great kale-centric foods and juices lately, and I thought it might be nice to share my finds here with you. So, without further ado:

Kale Salad
Photo: Northern Spy Food Co.

Kale Salad from Northern Spy Food Co.
The thing about Northern Spy’s kale salad is that I crave it for every meal. Consisting of lightly dressed kale with cheddar, delicate squash, almonds, and pecorino (I ask for cheese on the side), it’s perfect when topped with 2 egg whites at brunch, or as a lunch/dinner salad. The tell-tale brunch lines each weekend can’t lie. It’s a stellar salad; please try it.

Green Monkey Smoothie
Photo: Organic Avenue

Green Monkey Smoothie from Organic Avenue
This sweet smoothie is my favorite liquid form of kale these days. It consists of banana, kale, Thai coconut water, lucuma, barley, and wheatgrass powder- and is utterly magical. I first tried this drink while doing an Organic Avenue 3-day juice cleanse, and could have subsisted on this juice alone for the entirety of the detox. My office is now a block away from one of the OA boutiques, so the Green Monkey Smoothie has served as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up on a number of occasions. It’s a great 200-ish calorie alternative to evil office cookie trays.

Greek salad (with kale!)

Greek Salad from Jack’s Wife Freda
This take on the Greek salad involves kale, cucumber, tomato, and feta (also comes standard with pickled red onions and salt-cured olives, neither of which this picky eater likes). As you can see, we began to devour this salad before realizing that I meant to take a photo. Sorry I’m not that sorry, because it was delicious. Hubs and I are going to Greece this summer, and I’ll be the happiest person alive if we find salads like this there.

Rootsman Shake (and my iPhone) 

Rootsman Shake from Miss Lily’s Bake Shop & Melvin’s Juice Box
I wouldn’t ordinarily expect to find a juice bar inside of a Caribbean restaurant, but Miss Lily’s Bake Shop & Melvin’s Juice Box manages to marry up the two cuisines pretty well. This humongous drink consists of 3 ingredients: coconut, kale, and banana. (Technically mine consisted of 4 because I added pineapple to give it a sweet kick.) The shake was thick, with pieces of raw coconut meat blended throughout. It was actually a little too rich for me to finish alone, but was a good size to split with someone you love enough to share a straw with. I’m excited to go back and try more of Miss Lily’s juices, but you can be pretty certain that I’ll add kale to any and all.

I hope kale’s moment in the spotlight never ends. I’m only slightly exaggerating when I say that I could eat kale for every meal. And I’m always on the lookout for new ways to incorporate more kale into my diet.

So, tell me: What are your favorite kale-centric dishes or recipes?

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