If you are looking for a tasty and healthy way to prepare kale, then there is no better option than kale chips. They are made from the leaves of kale plant, which is a highly nutritious green vegetable. When baked, it makes a crispy snack that is similar to potato chips. However, the nutritional value of this snack is superior to that of potato chips.
Making kale chips at home is quite simple and you will learn about detailed recipes later in this article. First of all, let us take a look at some of the nutritional benefits of kale.
Nutritional Benefits of Homemade Kale Chips
There are several nutritional benefits you can derive from kale chips. This is because, the method of preparing the chips retains all the nutritional value of kale, giving you a low-calorie and highly nutritious snack that is beneficial to your health. Some of the benefits you enjoy include;
– Nutrient dense: Kale is rich in a vast number of nutrients including essential vitamins and minerals.
– Weight management: When you substitute a high-calorie snack for kale, it can help in weight management and may help you lose weight.
– Heart Health: It is a great food choice for cardiovascular health as it is cholesterol free and free from saturated fats too.
– Improved Eyesight: kale is rich in vitamin A which is great for eye health.
Ingredients: You will need,
1 Bunch of Kale
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 Teaspoon seasoned salt
Step one: Preheat your oven to 3500F or 1750C and line a non-insulated cookie sheet.
Step two: Using a knife, carefully remove the kale leaves from the thick stems.
Step three: Tear the leaves into bite-size pieces.
Step four: Wash the leaves and dry them thoroughly using a salad spinner.
Step five: Drizzle the leaves with your olive oil and sprinkle the seasoning salt.
Step six: Place in the oven and bake until the edges turn brown but not burnt. (10-15 minutes)
Step seven: Cool the chips for two to three minutes.
Enjoy your chips immediately as it can lose crispiness with time!
Note: You should avoid adding pre-baking liquids such as vinegar or hot sauce as they can result in soggy chips. It is best you add a little bit of liquid seasoning after baking.
Recipe #2- Dressed Kale chips
Ingredients: You will need,
½ bunch kale leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¾ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
½ tablespoon extra virgin oil
1.5 tablespoon nutritional yeast
Same directions as the previous recipe
Note: After washing and drying the kale leaves, add into a large bowl and massage the oil thoroughly into every corner of the leaves.
Sprinkle the spices and seasonings on the leaves.
Bake for about 10 minutes, rotate the pan and bake for another 12-15 minutes until the kale becomes firm.
Cool the kale on the sheet for three minutes and you can enjoy the snack.
Kale chips are an absolutely delicious, super crunchy, healthy and nutritious snack. If you want to boost the number of nutrients you take in, then you should consider adding kale to your diet. The recipes above are quite simple and you can prepare this delicious snack in a few minutes.