Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Are Kale Chips a Healthy Snack?

Q. Are Kale Chips as nutritious as fresh kale? I make my own kale chips at home, but I wonder if roasting them in the oven burns away some of their benefits?
A. Oven-roasting won’t affect the vitamin K in kale—which is good for your bones and heart.  On the other hand, you’ll lose some of the beta-carotene and vitamin C. But kale is so high in these vitamins to start out with that it’s still a good source after it’s been cooked. More importantly, you’re likely to eat more kale when it’s prepared the way you like it best, so roast away!  

Nutrition Diva Recipe: Roasted Kale Chips

Roasting kale to make crisp, guilt-free “chips” is easy—but there are a couple of tricks. Follow my instructions exactly to ensure success.
  1. Wash raw kale and tear into bite size pieces. Discard any thick stems and ribs.Very Important: Dry kale thoroughly on paper towels before continuing.
  2. Gently toss the torn kale with a tiny bit of olive oil or use a spray bottle.
  3. Spread kale in a single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F. until crisp (5 to 10 minutes).
Very Important: Do not leave the kitchen! It only takes about ten seconds to go from crisp, bright green kale chips to charred cinders, so keep a very close eye on things. (If your oven runs hot, set it for 325 degrees.)

Comment below your thoughts on this recipe. Would you change it up in any way? How would you improve it if it needs improving? Did you enjoy them? I love hearing from you guys, so please let me know :)


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