Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Curious About Kale Chips?

After my CTV Morning Live segment I had a few comments that people were planning to try the kale chips that I mentioned.  Kale is a nutrition power house with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as numerous trace minerals, folate, and fibre.  It was a short segment, so I thought I would provide a bit more direction here.

How to make them:
  • Tear the leaves from a bunch of washed and dried kale into bite-size pieces.
  • Toss with a thin drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil (a couple of teaspoons will do) and massage lightly into the leaves.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, tossing to distribute. Or leave out the salt and add the seasoning of your choice, such as curry powder, smoked paprika, or whatever you have on hand or enjoy the taste of.
  • Arrange leaves in a single layer on two large baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350°F (180°C), switching baking sheets halfway through, until crispy and dark green (not brown), 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly and dig in.
I also found a cute video explaining how to make kale chips from Today I Ate a Rainbow. Having your kids help with food preparation is a great way to get them to try new foods like kale.
I'm going to make some tonight.  If you try them please let me know what you think!

Steph Wheler, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching