At this point we all know that Kale is a powerhouse super food, chock full of vitamins and minerals (not to mention virtually calorie-free.) Kale chips have been all the rage for a few years and a shopper can easily find them packaged and stocked at most grocery stores. Unfortunately, I have found that most packaged kale chips have similar caloric makeup as their infamous counterpart – regular ol’ potato chips! A small bag of “Cheezy Kale Krunch” I found at Whole Foods yesterday is 100 calories per 1 oz serving, with 7 grams of fat. Not too bad….but, keep in mind that 1 oz is almost nothing! For 220 calories per bag, 14 grams of fat, and 18g carbohydrates – I much rather indulge in something other than kale.
So in order to fulfill my salty, crunchy craving – I purchased 1 bunch of kale and headed home to bake my own lower-cal version. Most of the ingredients you probably already have at home.
1 bunch kale, olive oil, salt
• cut (or rip with your hands) the stems off and pile the kale up onto a baking sheet (covered with parchment paper)
• drizzle olive oil over leaves, sprinkle some salt! (A little of each goes a long way)
• bake for 10-15 min or until the leaves are beginning to brown on the edges
• Enjoy! I would eat these within 48 hours for best taste.
Looking to mix it up? You can make your own variety of kale chips that fulfill your specific craving.
Sweet Maple: In a bowl, mix your raw kale leaves with a drizzle of maple syrup, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a dash of pink Himalayan salt. Place mixture onto baking sheet and pop into oven.
Spicy Parmesan: Add a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese, along with a dash of spicy red pepper before placing kale into the oven.
Tangy Sea Salt & Vinegar: In a bowl, mix your raw kale leaves with olive oil, sea salt and a few teaspoons of vinegar. Place mixture onto baking sheet and pop into oven.