We’ve been online long enough to know that kale is exceptionally good for you.
But just because its famed curly leaves are filled with iron, bursting with antioxidants and seem ideal for detoxifying the body, doesn’t mean we can be forced to consume them on the world’s most official day of indulgence.
A new kale-Brussels sprout hybrid looks set to invade dinner tables around the world this Christmas by offering itself up as a more palatable alternative to the traditional miniature festive cabbage.
According to the Kalettes website, this peculiar combination is versatile to cook, “sweet and nutty” to taste and looks “great”.
Last year, Kalettes were declared “the hippest vegetable of 2015” as they made their way across the UK, continental Europe, Australia and the US.
While we have yet to find stockists of this unusual veggie in Ireland, if the Kalettes' popularity continues to grow, they're bound to appear on dinner tables here soon.
So this is the secret behind her incredible body! X Factor judge Rita Ora is in amazing shape and it looks like she’s revealed the secret behind that impressive physique.
Earlier this month, before auditions got underway for the latest series of the talent competition, Rita was spotted in a video diary on YouTube with her snack of choice.
What is the celeb’s secret to a mind blowing bikini body you ask? Raw kale.
In the video Rita can be spotted munching the admittedly “dry” dish. The hard core approach to dieting is clearly paying off though as Rita has been looking sensational of late.
No surprise then that the star, 24, was announced as the face of underwear brand Tezenis. Speaking about the brand Rita has said:
“I chose to work with the Calzedonia Group when I discovered that all the brands are designed by women, so truly for women. Wearing Tezenis makes me feel confident, comfortable and beautiful.”
She also appeared as a fashion show for the brand sporting a black bralet and a bright blonde top knot.
Her commitments to the brand are causing some scheduling conflicts with her X Factor work but boss Simon Cowell has apparently been on board with her extra work, reports the Mirror.
Speaking Grazia about her new role with Tezenis Rita said: “I get offered a lot of things and I don't say yes unless I really like them, but this is really good underwear dude. My tits are kind of big so when I have underwear it never matches.”
Tezenis, according to Rita, have plenty of options for all shapes and sizes.
When asked about how she prepared to be the face of a campaign for a line of lingerie Rita said she attempted a juice cleanse but she “didn’t survive it”. Instead she says she tried to adopt a more stripped back diet:
“I just don't have any bread, no sugar, drink lots of water, I have fish, asparagus, no olive oil. No milk in my tea, no sugar, no honey.”
The foodie world's obsession with kale doesn't look like it's going to stop any time soon – and with good reason!
Kale's dark green leaves and stalks are jam-packed with nutrients, and it's just as good for you cooked as it is raw.
So what are the tastiest ways to try out this trendy food? Here are five of our favourites…
1. Sautée it
Stir-fry some kale with chopped garlic for a few minutes until soft – delish! Try it on sourdough toast with a poached egg on top.
2. Add it to a broth or soup
Kale wilts easily so is perfect for adding to hot soups or broths for a superfood kick. Simply stir in toward the end of cooking time or when the soup is piping hot.
3. Make baked kale chips
Mix three tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of soy sauce in a bowl and whisk, before adding the torn leaves from a head of kale and tossing to coat. Preheat oven to 180C, spread the kale out on a baking tray and bake for 12 – 15 minutes.
4. Add it to a tropical smoothie
Add 2 – 3 chopped kale leaves to a blender with some pinapple and mango chunks, a sliced banana and some milk (try almond or coconut milk if you want to skip the dairy). Throw in a few cubes of ice, blend and enjoy!
5. Add a superfood boost to your comfort food
Sautée some kale with garlic and some sliced bacon, before stirring into mashed potato. Serve with some chopped spring onions and cheddar cheese. The ultimate easy dinner when you need some TLC!
We’re no strangers to ‘trendy’ food these days; with things such as quinoa, kale and farro often featuring in recipes and on blogs as the super foods of our time.
Now, there is a new food trend, but it may not be what you’re expecting…
Vice president of culinary and pastry at New York City’s International Culinary Center, Candy Argondizza predicted to ABC News that cauliflower was going to be 2015’s trendy food, saying: “Cauliflower is a really interesting vegetable because it’s extremely versatile and there’s a deepness to the flavour that’s profound.”
Cauliflower already seems to be making an impact this year, with roasting the vegetable as a main dish becoming very popular as well as using pulsed cauliflower as a pizza crust for those who may be intolerant to gluten.
Many people have also started eating cauliflower 'rice' as an alternative to the grain.
If you want to look SHEmazing this summer, you really don’t have to spend a tonne of your time in the gym. In reality, the best thing you can do for your body and figure is to eat the right foods – those sit-ups won’t mean a thing if you’re filling your body with junk food.
Here are the best greens to eat if you want to achieve your goals:
Spinach It’s packed with nutrients that will add volume to your food without any extra calories.
Peppermint This leafy green is great for calming down stomach bloat and reducing indigestion.
Celery Not only are they good to snack on, but celery also helps with fluid retention so the words ‘water weight’ will be a thing of the past.
Asparagus As well as being an energy-packed food, asparagus helps normalise your sugar levels so you don’t have to worry about will-weakening cravings.
Kale High in fibre, low in calories and contains zero fat – need we say more?
Kale is one of the best foods you can eat, it’s higher in iron than beef and contains powerful antioxidants. It’s also no longer a challenge to find kale in Irish supermarkets, as can be the problem with some other superfoods.
These kale chips can be used in place of crisps to give you that crunchy, salty fix you need without casting your healthy regime aside altogether.
What you’ll need:
2 handfuls of kale, washed and dried very well
2 tbsp extra virgin live oil
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
What you’ll need to do:
Preheat the oven to 180°C Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Wash and dry the kale well, divide it into bite sizes.
Massage the kale with the olive oil, getting it into all the crevices. Put each piece onto the baking tray.
Place the kale in the oven, checking frequently because there is a thin line between crispy and burnt with these bad boys. Overall, it should take approx. 5-7mins.