Eat more Kale!
Kale is said to be one of the healthiest veggies you can eat! It has a stronger, earthy flavor and provides a TON of nutrition, with very little calories. Kale provides fiber, omega-3, vitamin A, B6, C, K, manganese, calcium, iron, potassium… I could go on and on! I just now decided that Kale is my favorite.
The best way to eat kale is to steam it. Steamed kale provides you with the most nutrients. “The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels.” (World’s Healthiest Foods)
The recipe below is for baked Kale chips. It’s probably not the best way to preserve nutrients, but it is still good for you of course! I ALWAYS seem to crave something crunchy and salty when I get home from work. Rather than eating tortilla chips or salty crackers, I eat some kale chips and my mid-day snack becomes a benefit to my body!
- Kale leaves, washed and dried
- Garlic Salt
- Nutritional yeast
- Olive oil cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees
- Chop up your kale and spread the pieces out on a large cookie sheet, making sure they don’t overlap.
- Lightly spray the leaves with olive oil spray.
- Lightly sprinkle on the garlic salt, pepper and nutritional yeast. Be creative and try other seasonings as well like cajun seasoning or chili pepper, etc.
- Bake for about 6-12 minutes. I know that’s a big gap, but I have made these 3 times and they always seemed to cook differently. So just hang out by your oven and keep an eye on them.
- They are done when they just barley start to loose color and get crispy.
- You might even want to remove the thin and small pieces first, then pop the bigger pieces with stems back in the oven for a couple more minutes.
- That’s it- super easy and tasty too! They are very fragile so store leftovers in a bowl with a cover, rather than a plastic bag.