Kale contains all 9 essential amino acids, so it’s a complete protein. Kale also has more omega 3 fatty acids than omega 6 fatty acids which is unusual, especially for vegetables. Omega 3 fatty acids are anti inflammatory and incredibly important nutritionally. Kale also contains vitamins A, K, C, B6, manganese, calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium. So, yeah, it makes sense that it’s the hottest superfood. (source)
The other weekend I was lucky enough to be knee deep in fresh kale. But what to do with it? Since I really only use it fresh I didn’t want to blanche and freeze it, yuck!
Then I thought hey, why not dry it in my dehydrator? Then I can throw it into smoothies whenever I want!
So that’s what I did, and you can too!
How to Make Kale Powder
What you need:
- Fresh kale (I used both green and purple)
- Food dehydrator or oven
- Blender (mortar and pestle would probably work)
What you do:
Place the leaves on a dehydrator tray (I used 4 of them) or, if you’re using an oven, a cookie sheet.
When the kale is nice and dry stick it into a blender to make kale powder.
I started with about 8 cups of fresh kale and ended up with about a cup of kale powder. So a little goes a long way!
Have you ever tried kale powder? What do you think?