BRADs RAW FOODS
Brad’s box of raw love arrived on my UK door step and since then I have been munching my way through names such as ‘vampire killer‘ kale chips, ‘Nasty hot‘ kale chips, ‘Nacho vegan cheese‘ kale chips, Sun-dried tomato flax crackers, and‘Hot red bell pepper’ buckwheat crackers.
I first investigated ‘Naked Kale‘ as I wanted to taste the pure kale chip flavours. The moorish air light chips pack a crunch far better than any corn chips. WARNING! Once opened you may loose control of your senses and it real hard to close that lid! My computer keyboard bears the evidence of a kale chip feast and as I type this Im brushing off the remains of a kale party.But whats so nutritionally satisfying about kale?
The Nutritional Low Down On Kale
- Kale is very versatile and nutritious green leafy vegetable. It is widely recognized as an incredibly nutritious vegetable since ancient Greek and Roman times for its low fat, no cholesterol but health benefiting anti-oxidant properties.
- Kale, like other members of the brassica family, contains health-promoting phytochemicals,sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol that are appears to protect against prostate and colon cancers.
- Di-indolyl-methane (DIM), a metabolite of indole-3-carbinol has been found to be an effective immune modulator, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent through its action of potentiating “Interferon-Gamma” receptors.
- Borecole is very rich source of ß-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These flavonoids have strong anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activities. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body.
- Zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions. Thus, it helps prevent retinal detachment and offers protection against “age related macular degeneration disease” (ARMD) in the elderly.
- It is very rich in vitamin A, 100 g leaves provide 512% of RDA. Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Foods rich in this vitamin offer protection against lung and oral cavity cancers.
- It is one of the excellent vegetable sources for vitamin-K; 100 g provides about 700% of recommended intake. Vitamin K has potential role bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet helps limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
- 100 g of fresh leaves contain 120 mg or 200% of daily-recommended levels of vitamin C. Scottish curly leaf variety yet has more of this vitamin, 130 mg/100g. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals.
- This leafy vegetable is notably good in many B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, vit.B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, pantothenic acid, etc that are essential for substrate metabolism in the body.
- It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Iron is required for cellular oxidation and red blood cell formation.
Kale provides rich nutrition ingredients that offer protection from vitamin A deficiency, osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and, colon and prostate cancers.
Dehydrating the kale keeps all the above in tact, Brad then adds crushed cashews, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, & Himalayan crystal salt. The chips are such a delicious light crispy texture I’ve never tasted anything like them. The nuts & seeds allow for a lovely flavoured coating and also increase protein content and add essential fats and vitamin e. The next flavourite of mine is ‘natural nacho vegan cheese’ kale chips that satisfies your cheesy cravings and is great sprinkled over salads, raw pizza etc. The ‘Nasty Hot’ is jalapeño fiery & has a very Mexican flavour but remember to wash your hands after eating or you could go blind. Within my generous sample box was also crackers of two varieties, ‘Red Bell Pepper buckwheat‘ & ‘Sun dried Tomato flax‘ crackers. These crackers are very filling and high in protein and super energy sustaining. They are versatile and are excellent with dips, like hummus, raw salsa, mayo, etc…. You can also make mini bruchetta by adding veg on top.
There are other tantalising varieties such as sweet potato,Indian Spice and beet flavour crackers. All available to order on line at the company website.
Brad used his love of local organic sustainable farming, raw foods,passion for health and new found raw energy to come up with an ingeniously health preserving way of making a crunchy snack. He has created two kinds of snack: kale chips & crackers. Flavoured by cashew nuts, flax seeds,garlic, lemon,buckwheat, sweet potato, beet,Indian spice, jalapeño chilli, red bell pepper and many other wonderful herbs he dehydrates the snacks below 115′ so that the healthy active enzymes and digestive nutrient are preserved in this crunchy raw snack.
What I particularly love is Brad’s approach. He uses local, fresh readily available ingredients dehydrates them without messin with nature and then presents them all in a clear re-sealable green pouch/tray box that has an easily readable label and a lovely personal Brad bio on the back. You are invited to join his facebook page andtwitter and read the company blog theworldofraw.blogspot.com.
By buying this product you will also be supporting a company that’s ethos is clean & green. Using local grown kale and other veg means that the carbon footprint is reduced, local farming business is supported and community is enriched. The ethos from seed to chip is ethical & beneficial. How refreshing to have a company who’s soul is not simply money motivated but rather gives back on so many levels putting profit after peace n love.
The company is based in Bucks County, PA, U.S.A and has become a social hub for the local eco-concious clean living locals. There are regular events, workshops, talks, community meetings and
Since 2011 Brad’s chips www.bradsrawchips.com have been making there way all over the globe including the U.K. They have been endorsed by super food experts such as David Wolfe, Amy Levin. Whole Foods stores around the world stock them & Organic Avenue in the U.S is a big fan. They are also stocked by a large range of independent health shops.
As well as being MD of the company Brad is also a Lifestyle Coach and has raw retreats and workshops at the company’s community space. For more info and to book go to the company website.
A true expert & pioneer of healthy raw living Brad Gruno gets the rawfood seal of approval and we thank-you for adding crunch to our health concious lives. I am so grateful for your help in making this review possible & want to spread the word in the U.K about these amazing products. One day I hope to visit the home of Brad’s Raw Foods and drink a green smoothie or two with Mr Gruno & his community.