Could 2016 be the year kale truly finds its groove in the fast food world?
Following in the healthy footsteps of McDonald’s Canada, Chick-fil-A is ditching coleslaw to make room for a “superfood side” made of chopped kale and broccolini, tossed in maple vinaigrette dressing, and topped with dried sour cherries, USA Today reports. It comes with a packet of walnuts, almonds, and pecans on the side for an extra dose of healthy fats.
The chain known for its fried chicken sandwiches and waffle fries worked with an outside chef to create a more nutrient-packed alternative to the traditional mayo-drenched slaw so its customers could better stick to their resolutions. (Along with choosing the grilled chicken and fruit cup over the greasier signature items!)
Coming in at 140 calories and 7 grams of fat for 5 ounces (versus 360 calories and a whopping 31 grams of fat, twice the amount in a small order of fries, for the traditional coleslaw), it’s definitely the most health-conscious option for adding some extra crunch to your meal. —Amy Marturana
Pssst…If you’re looking for another kale comfort food fix, we’ve got the recipe for the vegan kale burger that’s become an obsession.