Kale is a super food. We at The Sprout Cafe love this cruciferous veggie for its earthy taste, as well as its important and well-documented health benefits. We use kale in several menu items ranging from juices to side items (hint: chips!), and if you’re not already a kale fan, you will be soon.
What is kale?
Kale is a member of the cabbage family. There are several varieties of kale, each with a distinct flavor and a ton of nutritional value and fiber. Kale leaves can be green or purple, curly or plain. Kale that is used at The Sprout Café is locally sourced from Joseph Fields Farm.
Kale’s health benefits
Kale is not just jam-packed with vitamins and minerals (beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C and calcium), this super food also contains properties that help fight cancer, lower cholesterol and reduce fat absorption. It also is thought to help fight asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, premature aging and promote the health of the urinary tract. (Read more about the benefits of kale at Healwithfood.org.)
A single serving of kale provides 192 percent of the recommended daily amount of Vitamin A, which can act as a preventative against lung diseases. Research in Australia found that a diet high in beta-carotene foods like kale can decrease the chances of skin cancer. (Read more about the benefits of kale at AliveRaw.com.)
Kale on the menu at The Sprout Cafe
Kale’s earthiness meshes well with other flavors and is great raw, juiced, sautéed, steamed and dehydrated.
The Sprout Café uses kale in all sorts of delicious ways:
Juices: Kale is used in The Alkaline Margarita, Green Machine, Green Monkey, and Alkaline Battery, owner Caroline Brennan’s favorite.
“I feel awesome after I have the Alkaline Battery. It’s such a feel-good juice. It balances you out and offers you good, steady energy that isn’t related to any spikes – highs or lows. It’s good solid energy,” she said.
Kale chips: The Sprout Café’s kale chips are new to the menu and sell out quickly. Made fresh every day, The Sprout Café’s kale chips are dehydrated and flavored with lemon, garlic and other spices.
“The kale chips are really good for you. They are nutrient-packed and they taste so good. The dehydration preserves the enzymes and vitamins in kale and helps break it down a little, like juice, which helps release the nutrients,” Caroline said.
Side dish: For every entrée, guests can choose between a side salad and a side of organic quinoa tabouli, which includes kale, carrots, onion, quinoa, lemon, olive oil and seasonings.
Come in to The Sprout Café and taste this superfood yourself!
The Sprout Cafe is located at 627 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite B, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. We’re are located right next to EcoFitness.