I recently read an article questioning if grass-fed steak is the new kale. I don't argue that grass-fed meat is preferable, but I'm not sure the two are comparable. If you google 'the new kale' all sorts of replacements pop up. Whole Foods is pushing collards like a drug dealer. I've never been a fan of the veggie-of-the-moment trend. What's the benefit of replacing one green with another? Eat them all! It's no secret that there is a celebrity life cycle. One minute they're hot and the next we are over them and onto someone new...sorry about that, Jessica Simpson. However, if veggie trends encourage people to eat more vegetables, I'm all for them. Given that kale is apparently no longer "in", I'm going to have to go with swiss chard as the new It Girl. See below for an easy, tasty, nutrient-packed recipe that makes kale chips sooo yesterday.
What you need:
1 bunch swiss chard
1-2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Any seasoning you prefer (red pepper flakes, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, etc.)
If you feel bad for dropping Jessica Simpson like yesterday's news, you can prepare kale chips using the same steps above and enjoy the two together.
JENNIFER SWEENIE, NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Chef