Kale is like the holy grail for many diets and easy weight loss programs. With just 33 calories and only four grams of complex carbs per eight ounce serving, it’s incredibly filling and packs a surprising nutritional punch. Kale boasts almost three grams of protein and 2.5 grams of dietary fiber, which keeps us feeling fuller longer and promotes healthy digestion. It’s rich in vitamins A, C and K, as well as folate, a B vitamin that’s essential for brain development. Kale also contains alpha-Linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid aka a healthy fat, and important minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. In addition, kale is an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, which gives it that distinct dark green hue and helps promote healthy eyesight by protecting against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Kale is a diverse veggie and can be cooked a multitude of ways—and who doesn’t like healthy chips? The great thing about this recipe is that it’s easy to prepare and you can season it exactly to your liking. Follow the instructions below and then add your own favorite seasonings, such as garlic powder, fresh ground pepper, balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, or whatever else you think sounds good.
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8 cups kale, loosely packed
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.
¼ tsp Himalayan sea salt
Preheat the oven to 325F. Wash and dry the kale and then tear into one inch pieces. Remove all stems. Put it in a sealable plastic container. Poor warm oil over kale and then seal the container. Shake it vigorously to coat all the leaves. Once coated well, spread the leaves onto a baking sheet. Season with the Himalayan sea salt and your favorite seasonings. Bake for 22-24 minute until crisp.