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Kale Chips- a healthy snack choice!

If you asked me if I wanted Kale Chips 4 weeks ago, I would’ve laughed and said “No, thanks!”  Then we ventured down the path of the 21-Day Purification Program and I realized that I like to snack. I think many people can relate to that. All of my go-to snacks were either limited in quantity or completed eliminated for the 21 days. Luckily, Dr. Matt made some kale chips and I was intrigued. They were delicious! I was amazed how they helped fulfill my desire for salty flavor by sprinkling Himalayan salt on them while they baked. They melt in your mouth and leave you feeling guilt-free…the perfect healthy snack choice!

What does Kale have to offer? Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables available. It’s in the cabbage family and can be found green or purple and flat or curly.  Kale supports cardiovascular health and is naturally anti-inflammatory. The variety of nutrients include the following:

  • vitamins A, K, C, and B6,
  • minerals Manganese, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Antioxidant flavanoids Quercetin and Kaempferol
  • Antioxidant carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin
  • Fiber

Let’s make some Kale Chips!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Either line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray lightly with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems.  Tear the leaves into bite size pieces. NOTE: once baked, the kale chips crumble easily so bite-size pieces is key!
  3. Sprinkle lightly with Himalayan salt if desired.
  4. Bake until edges are brown, but not burnt.  Approximately 10-15 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!