Healthy Foods and Eating Right: Kale Chips Recipe
6 months a go, if someone had told that I was would be writing about healthy foods and recipes, I would have advised them that aliens had indeed landed and to be careful, because one had clearly taken over my body. I've never been one to be all about the veggies yet, here I am today with a healthy snacking option and I swear, I'm not an alien. My new year resolution this year was to start taking better care of myself. So, I've been eating healthier, getting active and treating my body with lots of TLC.
Kale is one of the healthiest veggies around. It has rich, dark green leaves and it's loaded with iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K and Carotenoids (which provide vitamin A). Now, confession time, I eat kale because it's so healthy but I'm not a huge fan of it's bitter taste. Enter in: kale chips. Since discovering this recipe, I've been making it every weekend because it's so easy, fast, low cal and great tasting, all while getting the nutritional benefits of kale.
Here's what you'll need (this recipe is for about one-two people/servings):
Kale (for myself, I use anywhere from 5-10 individual stalks of kale, depending on my ravenous hunger!)
1- 2 tsp Olive Oil
Lemon Juice (just a few drops)
White Wine or Rice Wine Vinegar (I'm a fan of sour, tart flavours so for 1-2 tsp of olive oil, I usually match this and add a bit extra, but you can also go easy on this ingredient too)
Prep: Preheat oven to 375 degress.
Step 1: Cut Kale
Wash the kale and dry with salad spinner. Cut out the stem of the kale, leaving behind the leaves. Then, cut the leaves horizontally into pieces big enough (because they will shrink) and small enough to easily much on.
Step 2: Prep Dressing
I like pour all my ingredients into a small container first and stir to mix. You don't actually need to use the ingredients I've listed. If you aren't a fan of more tart or salty flavours, you can skip the lemon juice and vinegar and go only with olive oil. If you want a bit of spice, add some cayenne pepper. Try spices like cumin, ginger or BBQ seasoning- go wild with it!
Step 3: Coat Kale
Lay out all the kale on a baking sheet. I like to spray the baking sheet first with spray canola oil but you don't need to. Drizzle the oil mixture all over the kale. Use a brush to coat the leaves and use a spatula to toss the kale leaves too. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the coated leaves. Put in oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until the kale is cripsy and browning. Not all the leaves will be crispy, that's ok- that means there is extra flavour!
Step 4 (optional, for the foodies): Food Yeast
I found out about this product just last weekend and I absolutely need to share it with you. It's called nutritional yeast flakes and it is a protein supplement and a cheese substitute for vegans. It has a nutty, cheesy taste to it and you can sprinkle it over anything from veggies to popcorn. It's hard to find in stores, I found mine at a grocery store in their health food section. I'm trying to get in more protein right now so I sprinkled this on my chips- delish!
After taking out your chips, they should look at little something like this. You can see the fresh kale in the background and then how it will looked when baked. These are crazy addictive but they're also guilt free because they're so healthy.
I hope you enjoy these chicks! Let me know what your healthy eating tips, tricks and snacks are!
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I'm definitely going to be making these! Sounds like a great snack to have, especially while watching shows at night.
AHHHH! SOOO EXCITED to see this on here. I've been looking for an exceptional and easy Kale Chips recipe ever since I got my dehydrator a few months ago, and this recipe is exactly that. Thanks Alexandra. You totally rock! I will try this recipe as soon as I hit up the fresh produce aisle at the grocery store. I can't wait to make my next comment my review on how amazing my kale chips turned out by following your recipe. Take care Chicks, love this Baby Chickadee!
Kale chips rock. Also try beets and sweet potatoes in the same way. AMAZZZZINGGGGG
I spent one evening making kale chips and it took up my kitchen, I made lots.
I will try..who knows..maybe I will like it
I would try it if someone else made it ;)
My sister puts this stuff in a lotta her recipes, yet I have never tried haha just doesnt look the yummiest, but def a healthy one!
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