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Kalettes®, the superfood to watch out for in 2017

January 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.

Smoothies detox

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.