Friday, January 2, 2015

Kale, Oats, and Mai Tais

Kale is a superfood, loaded with nutrition, lacking bad stuff.  Kale is unfortunately tough, bitter, and generally difficult to eat. Cooking does little for it, except to remove its nutrients.  Rhythm Super Foods found solutions to all of those problems. Their kale snacks actually taste good and have far more nutrients than popcorn, pretzels, or potato chips.

"Treat yourself to a crispy chip packed with the nutritional power of kale. We gently air-crisp organic kale that has been tossed in our hand-crafted dressings, made from the most delicious and nutritious ingredients on the planet."
at the Wheatsville Co-op

"We purchase fresh, organic kale weekly! By the time it starts its long, low temperature dehydration process in our kitchen, our fresh-picked kale has been de-stemmed, washed three times, and is ready to be made into our crunchy delicious chips."
Kale seeds are often sprouted in a greenhouse. Seedlings are transferred to perfectly spaced rows for a 60-90 day initial growth period. It’s a beautiful sight, these fields ‘o kale!
After about 60 to 90 days (depending on the weather), kale is hand-picked in the field, loaded into small totes, and rushed to the triple wash station. The fresh-picked greens are placed in a stainless steel flume, gently agitated and rinsed three times, then spun in a giant “salad spinner” to shed excess water. Once dry, the Kale is boxed in clean, reusable plastic crates and shipped to our dehydration kitchen."

Nutrition is pretty easy to understand. It can be harder to achieve, especially when you work in an office.  Proteins are at the top of the pyramid.  You can break it down into sugars; you cannot build sugars up into proteins.   Sugars burn fast, like newspaper in a fireplace.  Proteins burn slowly, like oak.  So, in the office, the best snack food at the moment might be a protein bar.  They all have problems, so you make your best choice for trade-offs.  But there is a better way.
Standing there, right next to the kale chips.
"Since 2007, founder Trevor Ross has been on a mission: to handcraft innovative products that heal.

"Losing his sister to breast cancer served as a wakeup call to Trevor, a busy young professional in the high tech industry in Austin. He started to think about food differently, almost as medicine, and overhauled his diet, focusing on small frequent meals that contained high-quality proteins, healthy fats, and antioxidants.

"Not satisfied with the nutritional profile of available bars, he ended up making his own. Soon, demand for his bars grew beyond his friends and family and Oatmega Bar was born."

The problem with cocktails is not the alcohol; it is the other stuff that goes into the mix.  Beer enthusiasts have their micro-breweries. You even can get gluten-free beer from one of the world’s largest factories.  Where do you go for a good mai tai?  
88% real fruit juice.
Real cane sugar.
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"In 1959 the Mai Tai knocked the Zombie off its pedestal. Why 1959? That's the year Hawaii became a state, and it's also the year the Boeing 747 went into service. Trips to this new exotic state took four hours instead of 12 and Hawaii became a tourist mecca almost overnight. All the tourists went to luaus and were served a fruity drink called the Mai Tai. Soon there were backyard Polynesian theme parties with "ham wrapped around pineapple and other mid-century hors d'oeuvres … plus Mai Tais."


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