Okay, so you’re thinking, how can a food be fashionable? But let me tell ya, in Manhattan, food is trendy. Having a green smoothie in your hand is way more fashionable than holding a Starbucks latte nowadays. When walking down the street I will occasionally hear the word “Kale”. And I just don’t understand. (But secretly love it.) So the fashionable food I am going to be talking about today, is Kale.
What is kale?
Once upon a time I used to be called the “Cheeseburger Princess”. Ask my buddies. I used to order a cheeseburger at every meal. No matter what. (I don’t get it either.) Well, when you ordered a cheeseburger at the diner there would be this wacky green thing that came on the plate as well. “Mom, what the heck is that thing?? Can I eat it?!?!” I would exclaim. My mom answered, “It’s edible but I wouldn’t eat it.” Well that my friend, is Kale. Kale was a garnish, something you wouldn’t touch and your ketchup would normally spill all over it and it looked nasty. Kale must have moved to New York City to follow its dreams of becoming a Vegetable Powerhouse (I’m lame, i’m sorry) and somehow got noticed as it laid there limp on diner plates all over the city. Kale is loaded with vitamins and has so many health benefits. If you can get past the weird texture and bitter taste (which I don’t even notice anymore) your body will be thankful.
Why is kale so trendy?
Kale is 100 percent a fashionable food. Stay at home moms prance around the Upper East Side in their Lululemon pants and a kale juice, as they talk about kale. I secretly love hashtagging #kale. Sh. I secretly love going out to dinner and ordering a kale salad for an appetizer. Sh again. But anyways, its a great trend to be apart of because who doesn’t want radiant skin and a beautiful body? Juice places are popping up left and right in every city and town. They have drinks like “Super Duper Greens” and “Green Lemonade” and “Kale Koolada” (Juice Generation) all with kale being the main attraction. I often wonder if people in Williamsburg were eating kale before the people in Manhattan….hmm. Just a thought. #trendyfood #hipsterfood
Okay. So I’m not superwoman in the kitchen at ALL. At all. My boyfriend, Zaan, is …but that’s because he’s from South Africa. I’m American. Anyways. These are some of my favorite kale things and they are so easy even I can make them.
1.) Kale w/ Acorn Squash
Acorn Squash (Or whatever kinda squash you prefer)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the acorn squash in half and douse in extra virgin olive oil. Bake for around an hour, the squash should be soft.
In a sauce pan, saute the onion and garlic in the coconut oil until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant. Add a generous amount of sea salt into the pan at this time. Then add in your kale. After the kale has cooked down remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Then slice up your acorn squash throw it on top along with some sunflower seeds and a touch of cinnamon.
2.) Kale Salad
I eat kale salad almost everyday. Sometimes I make a fancy dressing but with this one I just did oil and vinegar! Throw on whatever ingredients you like!
Topped the salad with
1 oz blue cheese
Toss and Enjoy!
3. KALE SMOOTHIE TIME!
I love love love drinking my greens. It’s like an IV of nutrients.
My kale smoothies vary but what I will always have in every kale smoothie:
2. Almond milk (Vanilla or unsweetened)
4. Maca Powder************
I will sometimes do mixed berries, apple, ginger, lime, whatever. I like to change it up! Just make sure you always have a liquid base and I love having the banana in it because it makes it sweet. What is Maca? It’s a plant. (Need I say more?) It supposedly helps with fatigue, memory, hormonal imbalances. I don’t have much more to say because I don’t suffer from fatigue (Not yet at least) but hopefully this stuff will prevent it!
So you can either go out and buy a new dress from Bergdorf Goodman and spend 1000 dollars OR you could just buy a pound of kale for a $2.59, put it in a smoothie, and walk around with a green juice. You’ll be the talk of the town. I PROMISE.
Til next time.