If you haven’t discovered Kale yet, let me be the first (and probably not the last) to say that you are missing out. Not only is this leafy green low in calories but it is high in all the areas that count- fibre, iron, vitamin A C & K, calcium- the list goes on. You can eat it raw (great in salads) or blend it in to your smoothies. But if you ask me the real win is when you bake it into chips.
To clarify, when I say chips I don’t actually mean chips as they taste nothing like the traditional potato kind. They are light and wispy and have crispy texture. In other words, they satisfy the same cravings you might get when you reach for chips except they are considerably healthier for you.
At first I was intimidated by the thought of making my own so I decided to jump on this health craze by sampling it through some commercial varieties. My favourite are the Purple Corn Kale Chips by Inspiral that sell at £2.25 per bag. The Rawlicious Thai Chilli Twist Kale Chips that sell for £2.49 per bag are also a good bet and are more true to a natural kale flavour and texture.
For my North American counterparts, Kale is for you too. Rhythm makes a variety of flavours like Kale Ranch and sells for $5.39.
However, if you are also like me you are probably health conscious AND cash conscious. With full swing home renovations under way I had to find a way to make my kale addiction more affordable. So, I decided to experiment and have discovered the simple and easy fail-proof recipe.
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1/2 teaspoon flaxseeds oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
- Dash sea salt
Preheat the oven at 300° F (150°F). Line a baking sheet with tin foil and set to the side.
In a bowl, toss the kale and flaxseed oil until the kale is coated but not soaked in oil. Lay the kale out on the baking sheet and lightly sprinkle sea salt over top. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 8 minutes or until kale has wispy, cripsy texture.
Be sure to take them out while the leaves are still green. Once they turn brown, they’re overcooked and will have a they will have a bitter taste.
Calories; 70 per serving
Total Fat; 0%
And as usual, it is that easy! You can pick up a bag of Kale for £1 in the UK at supermarkets like Sainsbury’s or for about $4.99 at supermarkets in NA. Either way you are guaranteed to save some cash and you also know exactly what is going into your Kale chips.