Kale Chips

7 Feb

Why have I never done this before? This is the first thing I thought when I made these kale chips for the first time . They were salty and crispy and oh-so-good. I was seriously impressed. One of my favorite things in the world is finding ways to enjoy super nutritious food. Kale is something that hasn’t been in my diet…. uhmm ever? Back in the day I waited tables at Texas Roadhouse and they served kale on the plate as a garnish. Not to be eaten, just to look pretty. It is pretty, it’s a deep, rich, dark green and almost “fluffy” in appearance. After hearing repeatedly the numerous nutrients and health benefits of kale I decided I had to start eating it! I have recently incorporated in my smoothies and I saute it with a bit of olive oil and eggs for my one year old in the mornings.

What are the many, many benefits of adding kale to your diet, you ask? So glad you did, because I’d love to share!

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and rich in calcium. Kale contains sulforaphane, a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer. These types include bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale, these flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids that helps regulate the body’s inflammatory process. It is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, one of the antioxidants believed by many nutrition experts to be a major player in the battle against cancer, heart disease, and certain age-related chronic diseases..  A megadose of vitamin K further aids to fight against excessive inflammatory-related problems, such as arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and asthma. According to recent research results, kale is an incredible source of well-absorbed calcium, which is one of the many factors that may help prevent osteoporosis

For a green, kale is unusually high in fiber. This helps create the bulk you need to fill you up and to keep you full for a good amount of time. Fiber, which promotes regular digestion, prevents constipation, lowers blood sugar and curbs overeating. Though greens in general are nutritious foods, kale stands a head above the rest.

With that said, I give you these.

What you’ll need:

A large bunch of curly kale (it’s 99 cents at my grocery store!!)

olive oil

salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 350. Tear your kale into bite size pieces. Toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. I use a gallon sized ziploc, put everything in and shake it up!

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Spread out on a cookie sheet. Don’t crowd your kale or it won’t get crispy. For one bunch of kale I have to use 2 cookie sheets.

Kale chips

Bake for about 15 minutes on 350, but keep a close eye on them. I’ve burnt many a batch from not paying attention! Use a spatula to cipher into a bowl, and enjoy! They taste like popcorn, kind of, to me. My son was hesitant to try them, but once he did he ate a whole bowl of them!

Remember that old Lay’s potato chip commercial? “Bet you can’t eat just one?” That’s my challenge for you, but with these!


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