Kale Chips

Today is a guest post/recipe from my friend, Laura. She’s one of the healthiest people I know! She raved about her latest cooking adventure in making Kale Chips. Here’s what she has to say. 🙂

I had been hearing good things about the mysterious Kale Chips- about how great they taste, and how healthy kale is. For those of you who don’t know, I will save you some googling, and just tell you a couple of simple facts about kale.

  • Kale Superfact #1– SUPER high in vitamin K (1 cup = over 1300% of your recommended daily intake!!), which is good for strengthening bones, preventing stroke, and supports our immune system.
  • Kale Superfact#2– high in antioxidants
  • Kale Superfact#3– Kale is a natural anti-inflammatory! (which is great for those of us who run and put extra stress on our joints) and it apparently relieves some problems related to asthma.
  • Kale Superfact#4– Last but not least, kale is low in calories, and high in fiber- so with all of the antioxidants along with the fiber, this makes for a great addition to a detox diet.

So even after hearing all of these things about it, i never knew how EASY IT WAS TO MAKE! So for some reason it never topped my list of things to try until this past Sunday. It was a rainy afternoon, and I decided to give something new a shot. (And hey, kale was on sale at the local grocery store!)

The process is super easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bunch raw kale
  • salt, garlic powder, celery salt, basil, red pepper or whatever herbs you think might be tasty. (my fav is celery salt + garlic powder)
  • extra virgin olive oil in a spray dispenser
  • baking sheet
  1. Chop up the kale into bite sized pieces, or just rip apart with your hands. the smaller the better. bigger pieces tend to be less crispy
  2. Spritz with EVOO just enough to make them glisten, but not too much. (spritzing them saves a bunch of un-necessary calories compared to recipes that say toss with 1tbsp EVOO. You’ll be fine with a spritz)
  3. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt/ spices (you trust yourself salting your own popcorn, so i think you can eyeball this too)
  4. Bake at 350 for about 12-14 minutes but keep an eye on it! I take them out when the curly parts of the kale are browning.
  5. Eat right away, its best when its warm in my opinion!  If cooked right, they will almost dissolve in your mouth.

I’d give this recipe a high score for it being super easy/ tasty/ healthy AND fun to eat!


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