A few years ago the mention of “kale” would have been met with blank stares. Try finding Kale? Forget about it. I’ve been on the kale train since the days where the only place in Joburg you could find Kale was the Rivonia Food Lover’s Market. And that was only on a Wednesday, in the morning. Mid-morning to be exact – too early it wasn’t there, too late and it was gone. Yes I regularly scheduled perfectly timed stops there to get my hands on a bunch.
Nowadays, where can’t you find Kale? And it no longer just comes in fresh bunches; Kale smoothies, Kale Salads, Kale Chips, Kale tees, totes and even little kids who go by the name “Kale”.
No other food has seen such a rise to superfood stardom and one has to wonder how a humble green leaf reached such heights.
A decade ago, Kale was used as décor by the likes of Pizza Hut, because it didn’t wilt, lasted long and looked good in displays.
A lady called Oberon Sinclair , a PR and marketing genius who was tasked the job of making Kale cool again, and boy has she delivered.
Kale by the Years
2009 – Bon Appétit runs a recipe for kale chips by Dan Barber, a renowned New York City chef. Quite possibly the first ever published recipe of kale chips.
2010 – Dr. Oz introduces kale to his viewers.
2011 – Gwyneth Paltrow bakes kale chips on the Ellen Show.
2012 – Times Magazine lists Kale as one of the top 10 food trends of the year.
2013 – Kale gets its very own day (It’s October 2, FYI).
2014 – Herbivore Kale Chips, made in Cape Town are launched in South Africa.
Marketing stints aside there are solid reasons you should be eating Kale;
- A serving of kale has more absorbable calcium than a small carton of milk.
- Kale is nutrient dense. One cup of raw kale has just 138 kj. It contains 684 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin K, 134 percent of vitamin C and 206 percent of vitamin A. It also has iron, folate, omega-3s, magnesium, calcium, iron, fiber, and 2 grams of protein.
- Kale contains phytonutrients. These prevent inflammation and improve the liver’s detox ability. They can even protect brain cells from stress.
There are a million ways to eat Kale, but they all require prep. Lucky for you, a fool proof way of getting your kale fix without so much as rinsing a leaf is with a bag of Herbivore kale chips.
If you’re like me and your attempt at homemade Kale chips was more Pinterest Fail than Jamie Oliver (there’s a fine line between perfectly crisp and perfectly burned); you’ll appreciate Herbivore’s range of Kale Chips.
After discovering kale chips in the US, Capetonian Channel Grantham became addicted and promptly decided to start making her own. That addiction turned into Herbivore Kale Chips which are giving nibbles a good name.
Made from Organic, locally farmed Kale, Herbivore Kale Chips are smothered in natural ingredients without preserves, additives or GMOS. Herbivore Kale Chips are then dehydrated to preserve the nutrients and living enzymes found in wholefoods. The result is a healthy snack your body can easily digest and convert into useable energy.
Now before you turn your nose up at the idea of kale as a snack, hear me out: Herbivore Kale Chips are crispy, flavourful and have that same “my hand keeps going in for more” thing you get when you open a packet of chips. Except Herbivore Kale chips are actually good for you.
Herbivore Kale chips come in three flavours: Birds Eye Chilli (a personal favourite), Cheezy and Sour Cream & Onion. They’ve also go a host of certifications – Certified Organic, Kosher and Halaal. Not to mention they’re vegan and gluten free too. And if that’s not enough, their packaging is bio-degradable and compostable. Yup, you can plant empty Herbivore Kale Chip packets and their boxes into soil or a compost heap, eliminating any waste.
Oh yes, it’s not just the chips that are green, Herbivore is committed to sustainable green living from picking ingredients all the way to how you dispose of their packaging.
Herbivore Kale Chips Giveaway
Want to try Herbivore Kale Chips for yourself? We’re giving away one box of 12 bags of Herbivore Kale chips with every flavour.
To enter simply tell us what flavours Herbivore Kale Chips come in, which one you’re most excited to taste and why you want to win.
Herbivore Kale Chips are available online here or at health stores, selected Spar stores and Dischem Pharmacies.
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UPDATE: This Competition is now closed. Congrats Greg for winning!
By entering you agree to our terms & conditions. Competition closes 8 June 2016
Valid only to residents of South Africa.
This prize has been sponsored by Herbivore
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.