The Kale Explosion
Bonji Hot Takes: Volume 64
Welcome back to the Bonji Hot Takes! We hope your week has been filled with success and happiness. The weekend is near but we hope to offer some value before this week closes and you are enjoying the time off. As a kid, I may have been a bit easier to deal with than many other children, as I was always willing to try new foods. However, when my mother introduced kale to me, I was absolutely not a fan. Yet, here I am today writing about not only the benefits of kale but how you can make it taste great. Over the past decade or so, parents have been searching for new ways to get their kids to eat healthily. Thus, many healthy alternatives to “junk food” came into the mix. For instance, instead of treating their children to ice cream, parents would come into Bonji Bowls for an açaí bowl. We understand some people are sugar freaks, but in truth, the sugar content isn't even comparable to ice cream, and it's actually rather beneficial due to the natural elements. Nonetheless, kids got in their fresh fruits, while being as happy as can be. We even had a kale smoothie ourselves! Although it wasn't as popular five years ago, kale smoothies, and now sauces, are making a massive splash.
Gentl and Hyers for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Gozde Eker.
Why Kale is Becoming So Popular Kale has become a staple in the world of healthy eating in recent years, and for good reason. This leafy green vegetable is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that are essential for good health. It's low in calories, high in fiber, and contains vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium and iron. One of the ways that kale has become increasingly popular is as an ingredient in sauces and smoothies. Many people find it difficult to eat kale on its own, as it can be tough and bitter, but when blended into a smoothie or sauce, its flavor is more easily masked. Here, we explore the reasons for kale's rise in popularity as a sauce or smoothie ingredient. The Benefits of Kale: Kale is considered a superfood, which means that it contains an unusually high amount of nutrients per serving. It's a great source of antioxidants, which help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause damage to cells and DNA, which can lead to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Kale is also a good source of fiber, which is important for maintaining healthy digestion and preventing constipation. It's low in calories and carbohydrates, making it a great option for those who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, kale is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, which are essential for healthy bones, skin, and eyes. Kale as a Sauce Ingredient Kale can be blended into a sauce to create a flavorful and healthy alternative to traditional sauces. One popular kale sauce is pesto, which is made by blending kale, garlic, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and pine nuts together. For those with nut allergies, you can even leave out the pine nuts in this pesto and you'll still fall in love. If you are looking to switch up your sauce game, whether it's pasta, fish, or chicken, kale sauce is a simple yet versatile option. Kale as a Smoothie Ingredient Kale is a great addition to smoothies, as it adds nutrients and fiber without adding many calories. It's important to blend kale thoroughly to ensure that it's broken down into small pieces, as large pieces of kale can be tough to digest. One popular kale smoothie recipe is a green smoothie, which is made by blending kale, banana, almond milk, and greek yogurt together. We generally would use one of Bonji's scoopable bases as the final ingredient rather than greek yogurt. In our opinion, Greek Yogurt has had its time to shine, and we are dairy-free. Thus, using açaí, or more specifically in this case, our coconut base, really tops smoothies off and gives an amazing texture. This smoothie is a great way to start the day and provides a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. In conclusion, kale has become increasingly popular as a sauce or smoothie ingredient due to its nutritional benefits and versatility. As people become more health-conscious, kale is sure to remain a staple in the world of healthy eating.