Sherry A. Phillips

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Kale Chips Anyone?

The only time I’ve eaten Kale is when it’s been cooked down into a slimy mess with bacon fat glistening on the top and some vinegar drizzled over it. Don’t get me wrong. It is really delicious; however, I was looking for something a little different and a lot healthier.

I was reading my Outside magazine on my Nook over the weekend and one of their contributors wrote an article entitled, “Real Men Eat Kale.” There was a recipe for Kale chips I thought looked interesting, so I bought some at the grocery store and tonight, I decided to give it a go.

I cannot stop eating these things! They are more addictive than potato chips or popcorn!

If you want to try them out for yourself, the recipe is simple:

Kale Chips
1 bunch Kale
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (I use the light tasting)
Kosher Salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Remove stems from the Kale leaves. I used kitchen shears to cut them out and it was fast and painless. Tear or cut the leaves into smaller chip size pieces. Toss with the olive oil and salt. Spread the leaves in a single layer into pans (I need two pans for this). Put in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes or so.

They will come out crispy and delicious!

As an added benefit, kale gives you all this too (from Mind, Body, Green):

1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.

2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.

3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.

5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.

7. Kale is high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.

8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility

10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

Enjoy!

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