Kalettes®, the superfood to watch out for in 2017January 19, 2017 12:10 pm
Every January new culinary trends appear, many of them linked to resolutions for
following a healthier lifestyle. This time, experts from The Times, BBC Good Food and
the Food and Travel Magazine, all agree in highlighting Kalettes®, the natural hybrid
between Brussel sprouts and kale, as the fashionable vegetable for 2017.
Great nutritional contribution in a compact format
Although small, Kalettes® florets with their attractive green leaves tinged with purple,
pack high doses of beneficial nutrients into their mini format such as: fibre, iron,
vitamins A, B6, C and K, as well as being rich in antioxidants. This is according to
Maria Dow, a British dietician with 20 years experience with the NHS and a writer at
Dows Diets: “Kalettes® belong to a category called cruciferous vegetables which are
very beneficial for the heart, intestines and immune system”.
On top of all that, Kalettes® act as an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory and as a liver
detoxifier. Sue Hardman, qualified naturopath and herbalist maintains that, “cruciferous vegetables contain substances that makes it easier for the liver to process and eliminate any undesirable toxins consumed”. And who can claim that they don’t need to clean their liver and get back to their pre-Christmas weight this January?
The natural evolution of the fashion for kale
When Pantone lists ‘kale’ as the fashionable colour for 2017 and stars of the magnitude
of Beyoncé wear clothes promoting this vegetable, it means that the trend is reaching
its peak and the time has come when the coolest bloggers and fashion hunters are
looking to go one step further with a product everybody already knows about.
Maybe this is why Kalettes® have caught the imagination of the blogosphere, filling the
internet with recipes and mentions that concentrate particularly on its distinctive flavor and attractive appearance.
For January, bloggers like Ellie Aindow, of The Mummy Diary, and the TV chef Tony
Baker recommend consuming them in a smoothie. “Smoothies, in fact, are a fun way to
mix and combine fruit and vegetables. It often allows people who don’t usually
consume fruit and vegetables to benefit from the vitamins and minerals they contain.
[…] Many people who never touch either fruit or vegtables can enjoy a smoothie. It’s a
different and appealing way to enjoy them. For others, a smoothie simply supplements
a diet rich in fruit and vegetables”, says Dow.
Tony Baker’s Kalettes® blueberry smoothie
170 gr Kalettes® washed and trimmed
2 cups Ice
1 Banana, peeled
2 cups Blueberries, washed
1 cup Coconut Water, chilled
1 Lemon, juiced
Place all the ingredients in a blender, after cutting the woody ends off the Kalettes®,
and blend until smooth.