Wednesday, October 1, 2014

5th Graders Celebrate National Kale Day

Marquez 5th Graders celebrated National Kale Day on October 1 by eating kale. Some classes ate kale chips while others tasted kale/banana/mango smoothies. Both the chips and the smoothies were made using lacinato kale which is also known as dinosaur kale. This kale happened to be Thomas Jefferson's favorite kale. (This year the 5th graders will plant kale seeds and other heirloom seeds that Jefferson planted as part of their study of Thomas Jefferson the horticulturist.) Thanks to Gelson's for the kale!

Kale Chip Recipe

1 bunch kale, washed
2 T. olive oil
sea salt

Pre-heat the oven to 275 degrees. Remove the ribs from the kale and cut or tear into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes.

Kale/Banana/Mango Smoothie

2-3 cups kale, de-stemmed and roughly chopped or torn
2-3 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen
1 cup mango chunks
1 cup water, orange juice, or almond milk
1 cup ice (if using frozen mango, omit ice)

Mix in blender.

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