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January 17, 2012


Seasoned kale chips from Rhythm Superfoods: big flavor, healthful snack. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Organic, zesty-flavored kale chips in five flavors.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: It’s cooked according to raw food principles to maintain vital nutrition and antioxidants.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love discovering new ways to enjoy familiar foods. The line is certified organic by the USDA.


A kale plant (Brassica oleracea). Photo courtesy Rasbak | Wikimedia.


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It’s Healthy Food Month At THE NIBBLE

At a food show we attended before the holidays, the new hot snack seemed to be kale chips. At the prior year’s show we saw no packaged kale chips. Here, several companies were sampling them to eager passers-by.

Rhythm Superfoods makes organic kale chips in five tasty flavors: Bombay Curry, Kool Ranch, Mango Habanero, Texas BBQ and Zesty Nacho. Each is worthy of your attention.

To create the healthful snack, garden-fresh kale is mixed with a hand-crafted, good-for-you dressing made from fresh vegetables, ground cashews, juices, herbs and spices. It is then turned into a healthy chip using raw food production techniques (yes, these snacks qualify as raw food).

As you can see in the photo, the kale is left in its natural curly state and not modified into a conventional snack chip shape.

Try these crunchy, highly seasoned snacks even if you’ve never had kale (which, by the way, is delicious sautéed or in a stir-fry). Your doctor, nutritionist, trainer and anyone else in a health-related profession will wholly endorse the decision.

As will your friends who like crunchy foods with snappy flavors.


Why Kale Is So Good For You

Kale is a nutritional powerhouse, a member of the Brassica genus (which includes bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens and turnips, among other veggies).

It’s rich in powerful, cancer-fighting antioxidants, phytonutrients and carotenoids. It’s also an excellent source of calcium, fiber, iron, manganese, potassium and vitamins A, B6, C and K.

Cooking may destroy the phytochemicals, which is why a raw food diet is popular among a growing group of health-focused consumers.

So instead of baking or frying, the chips are air crisped at below 118°F, the approved temperature for raw food that maintains the raw living enzymes and maximizes nutritional potency.


— Karen Hochman


Five flavors of Rhythm Kale Chips include Bombay Curry, Kool Ranch, Mango Habanero, Texas BBQ and Zesty Nacho. Photo courtesy Rhythm Superfoods.


Make Your Own Raw Food

Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home, by Judita Wignall. Chock full of practical, everyday recipes. More information.

Raw, by Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein. One of the world’s great chefs and the pioneer of gourmet raw food join to create this seminal book. Become a raw gourmet. More information.

Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People, by Jennifer Cornbleet. This book truly makes raw food easy—and especially easy if you’re just one or two people. More information.


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