Kale chips are my absolute favorite snack! So versatile, so tasty, and so so good for you. Never heard of it?
What is Kale?
Kale is a dark, leafy green vegetable. Chalked full of nutrients, this hardy vegetable can be baked, eaten raw in salads, sautéed, or steamed. It seems to grow best in cooler climates, during the late summer/fall months.
Benefits of Kale
- Low in calories, high in fiber. One cup of kale has only 36 calories and 5 grams of fiber. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its high fiber content, as well as helping lower cholesterol. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
- High in Iron. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.
- High in Vitamin K. Necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting.
Filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.
Has anti-inflammatory properties
- High in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin, and helps maintain healthy mucous membranes.
Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and is a powerful antioxidant.
High in calcium. Provides just as much calcium than milk, aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism.
- It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. It is full of B vitamins, omega 3, and tryptophan.
How to make kale chips
Preheat your oven to 325F. Wash the kale really good then pull the leaves off the main spine. Put them in a mixing bowl and cover them in a little bit of olive oil (just enough to cover them), then rub the oil into the leafs. Now here’s the fun part. Season the kale with what ever spices you desire! Salt, curry, garlic, chili pepper, turmeric, paprika, nutritional yeast, parmesan cheese, pepper, etc…. You get the point! I never seem to make them the same way twice. After you finish seasoning, spread them out on a cookie sheet. Pop them in the oven for 10 minutes, but keep an eye on them as they can burn quite easily. Once they get a little crispy, take them out. Ta-da! Quick and super easy.