26 Mar 2011 42 Comments
FINALLY! The Kale Grail!
Life often provides us with some very strange challenges. The 17 Day Diet, for some reason, has decided to challenge us with Kale. To be specific, what is known in the 17 Day Diet Club as “Krispy Kale”. So unsatisfied are most of us with this idea that we’ve tried all kinds of variations on the recipes– but few have found what we consider to the “The Kale Grail”.
Terri found a company called Brad’s Raw Chips and funny enough they make Brad’s Raw Leafy Kale. After a few emails back and forth, they sent us some samples. In the last two days I’ve put more leafy greens in my system than I have in the last five years. These things are good. Really good.
I highly suspect that Brad is insane. Not insane in a bad way, but insane like “Thomas Edision Insane”. Because he found a way to do this wihtout baking or frying. Instead, he dehydrates Kale Leaves at a temperature slightly below 115 degrees and has discovered that this temperature does not affect the potency of the nutrients. See what I mean? How insanely dedicated to healthy food would you have to be in order to figure that out? It’s like he’s a mad vegan scientist or something!
We got samples of all three of their Raw Leafy Kale products:
- Vampire Killer (Garlic and Cheese)
- Nasty Hot (Jalepeno and Vegan Cheese)
- Naked Plain (Vegan Cheese)
I found all three to be incredibly good. In fact, I cannot name a favorite. All I know is that what they sent us will probably not last through the weekend– unless Terri hid some somewhere. I finished off a box of the Naked Plain today and was literally eating the crumbs at the bottom of the container. I will say that the “Nasty Hot” is spicy, but not nearly as hot as you would think the title indicates. We tested them on our 13 year old son because he eats raw Jalepenos like they’re candy. He said they’re pretty mild. As his official interpreter I can tell you that means they’re spicy, but not Tabasco spicy.
The Raw Leafy Kale is packaged in plastic boxes so that it’s not crushed and the packaging did it’s job– the few ”crumbles in the bottom of the box seemed entirely reasonable.
While at first the Raw Leafy Kale seems expensive, (about $7.50 per box), there are several servings in a box. Compare the quantity in the box to what’s in the bag of Cheetos you pay for (or used to pay for) at the convenience store and the price seems to be only a little more expensive than buying a bag of orange-puffy-I-don’t-know-what’s-in-these things.
And now for the REALLY good news: all three Raw Leafy Kale products are legal ON ALL THREE CYCLES!
And now for the FANTASTICALLY GOOD news– next week we’ll be giving away over $100 of the Raw Leafy Kale to some lucky reader of our site. The lucky winner will be able to pick out 12 boxes of Raw Leafy Kale and pick the combination of flavors they want. How cool is that?
The contest rules will be posted sometime next week, so get out your lucky rabbits foot. Wait… that was probably the wrong thing to associate with a company that makes Vegan products…. sorry.
In the meantime, click on Brad’s Logo in the sidebar and check them out. That way when you win, you’ll know what you want.