MY FOOD DEHYDRATOR HAS BEEN WORKING UP A STORM THESE PAST WEEKS!
I have been turning fruit into gummies, cashew butter into cookies, coconut milk into yoghurt and vegetables into chips!
I love dehydrating foods and here are just a few reasons why!
Something amazing happens to the flavour once all the water has been dried out, and the fruit and veg get such an INTENSE flavour!
Let’s be honest. Dehydration offers something different in the healthy snack category.
My daughter loves her fruit rolls which I have prepared in about 10 different variations, for tomorrow it’s apple-cinnamon on the menu!
These types of snacks are also obviously easy to bring with you on a day out.
FOLLOW THE SEASON
Something is always in season! The best bargains in produce are usually found when a particular fruit or vegetable is in season. Farmer’s markets, pick-your-own-produce farms and others often offer great bargains. You can transform all that fresh goodness into dehydrated versions at a cost far less than commercially dehydrated foods.
Oh and without the nasties. You know, added sugars, preservatives and such.
Food dehydration is truly simple! No gadgets to put together and dismantle, minimal washing required to keep it clean. What’s not to love?
This is the part I like. If you use low temperatures, dehydrated foods don’t lose their nutritional value and maintain water soluble vitamins and minerals. And let’s face it, aside from fresh food, on a supermarket snack shelf, when it comes to nutrition labels the choice is pretty poor.
This is the brand I use.
Today’s recipe is so easy and healthy and best of all most kids love it!
Curly kale, a member of the cabbage family, has distinctive dark green leaves which are rather tough and fibrous.
While there are several ways to cook this superfood, the most popular way in my family is dehydrating it, because it magically turns into chips!
Why curly kale?
Curly kale is a precious food containing a lot of fibre, a valuable ally for our intestinal tract.
It is also rich in nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium.
Regular fibre consumption has been shown to be able to reduce cortisol, the main stress hormone, stabilize insulin and blood sugar, and lower the bad oestrogen.
Rich in nutrients
Curly kale is rich in vitamin C and iron, essential for the formation of haemoglobin and enzymes, oxygen transport to various parts of the body, cell growth and liver function.
This food also contains calcium and vitamin K, necessary for bone health and for proper blood clotting, as well as antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids, which help protect you from various types of cancer.
Curly kale is rich in vitamin A, essential for the health of the eyes and skin. This important nutritional profile makes this food an essential ingredient for our immune system and our metabolism.
The anti-inflammatory properties of this variety of kale are due to omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight arthritis, asthma, and disorders resulting from reduced immune defence.
The content of fibre and sulphur makes curly kale a good detoxifying food, helping in this way to keep the liver healthy.
Natural Anti-cancer Properties
Another precious substance contained in curly kale, as well as in other plants belonging to the cruciferous family, is sulforaphane. Studies have shown that this valuable phytochemical helps to fight the formation of tumours at molecular level. [Find study1 here] [Find study2 here]