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Raw Kale Chips

Posted Feb 04 2012 12:32am

How To Make Kale Chips; For Those Who Love To Snack (like me!)


Kale is truly a super hero and an important part of our true healthy lifestyle.

Diet and Digestion -One cup of kale has only 36 calories and zero grams of fat, which makes it a great diet aid. Furthermore, one cup contains nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber

Antioxidants -Kale is a superstar in the arena of carotenoids and flavonoids, two powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from free radicals that cause oxidative stress

Anti-Inflammatory -One cup of kale provides about 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids that helps regulate the body’s inflammatory process.

Cardiovascular Support -The high fiber content of kale lowers our cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat.
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As a true snack lover, I had to find raw healthy additions to my eating.
This is very high on the list.
For the record, potato chips were my all time favorite.

Here are a few recipes.

Cheezy Kale Chips:
2 heads curly kale
1 cup cashews
1 cup sunflower seeds
2 red bell peppers
1 cup nutritional yeast
Juice from 1 lemon
Pinch cayenne pepper

Wash and cut kale into bite sizes pieces. (In a pinch Trader Joe’s has wonderful packages kale in bite size pieces) Blend all ingredients except the kale in a high speed blender until you have a smooth batter like consistency.
In a large mixing bowl, pour the batter over the kale and massage until evenly coated.

Hint: I do not do the entire amount at a time but rather smaller (maybe 4 for this amount) batches to mix.
Warning: You will lick the batter on your fingers!

Dehydrate using dehydrator sheets on 100 degrees for about 12 hours.

Kale Chips with Olive Oil and Rosemary:
2 heads curly kale
Olive oil
Rosemary
Sprinkle of Himalayan pink crystal salt

Wash and cut kale into bite sizes pieces. (In a pinch Trader Joe’s has wonderful packages kale in bite size pieces). Coat the kale with olive oil and rosemary.
Dehydrate using dehydrator sheets on 100 degrees for about 12 hours.


Spicy Kale Chips
2 heads curly kale
Olive oil
1-2 tablespoons of chili pepper flakes
Sprinkling of Cayenne pepper (be careful here)

Wash and cut kale into bite sizes pieces. (In a pinch Trader Joe’s has wonderful packages kale in bite size pieces).
Dehydrate using dehydrator sheets LINK on 100 degrees for about 12 hours.

Note: If you do not have a dehydrator yet, and you will soon, bake kale at 350 for about 20 -30 minutes. Check to be sure they are crisp.
 
Store your kale chips in air tight containers and they will last a long time. Do not refrigerate.

I take a bagful most of the time I head out for a few hours. I still love to snack only now I do it the safe healthy way. You can too.

Please share your ideas with us.
To your health,
Elaine



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