Kale or leaf cabbage are part of the cruciferous vegetable family (Brassica oleracea), which is related to other dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, bok choy and arugula. They are famous for their good-for-your-health reputation. And kale is no exception.
Rich in vitamins A, K and C, along with minerals (calcium, manganese, potassium, magnesium) and other vital nutrients, kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Regarding the amount of amino acids contained in kale, it is identical to meat. Two hundred grams of this green leafy vegetable provides the body with its daily dose of protein. It is even now called “The new beef.” Kale is absolutely indispensable for vegetarians, as it replenishes the body with vitamins and the same beneficial substances present in meat.
Kale powder preserves all of the health benefits mentioned above of this popular superfood, but in a more convenient, concentrated form. When fresh kale is out of season or you are heading up the trail, kale powder comes into play.
How to use kale powder
There are many ways to incorporate kale powder into your backpacking meals. Here are some ideas of how you can use it:
- As a nutritional boost for your drinks and smoothies;
- For thickening soups and sauces;
- In omelets and scrambled eggs;
- In bread, muffins or pancakes;
- Paired with pasta or rice dishes to make a healthy and nutritious backpacking meal.