Kale. Kale. Kale. We’ve all heard about the wonders of the superfood KALE.
So what is kale?
Kale looks like lettuce but it’s actually in the cabbage and collard greens family. Some benefits of kale are it is low in calories, high in fiber, and has zero fat. The fiber will keep you feeling fuller for longer. It’s high in Vitamins A, C, K, calcium, and iron. It is PACKED with antioxidants, which we all need, especially when the cold winter months are coming. It will boost your immune system to help prevent sickness and even helps prevent cancer.
So how do we eat it?
You can put kale in anything: salads, juice, and smoothies. You can sautéed it with some onions and vegetables. It will wilt in the pan, just like spinach but has a thicker texture. The taste can take awhile to get used to but just try it in a lot of different ways until you find one that works for you =) If you absolutely cannot take the taste, just throw it in a smoothie or juice. That way, you can get all the benefits without the taste. Mask the taste with fruit. Trick: add blueberries or apples!
I’ve discovered a new way to eat my kale….making them into CHIPS! Yup you heard it right, CHIPS! I’ve always been a salty > sweet person and can eat one of those $4 bag of chips in ONE sitting. I know, horrible. Now I know these aren’t going to taste EXACTLY like your favorite fried potato chips but it is a good alternative. It gives an awesome crunch and is salty & savory.
Here is the BASIC recipe for salty & cheesy kale. I have a few more recipes that I will post up which require more ingredients but I’ll save those for later…
1 head of kale
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
a sprinkle of paprika & salt
1. Start ripping the kale leaves off the stem into bite-size pieces
2. WASH IT CLEAN and air-dry. The drier, the better the seasonings will stick onto the kale. It’s best if you put it in your salad spinner =)
3. Put in the olive oil, nutritional yeast, paprika, and salt according to taste.
4. Use your hands to coat all the leaves evenly.
5. Place the kale into your dehydrator on the lowest setting for 10-12 hours.
6. Enjoy! =)
Hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe. Let me know what you guys think!