Kale is in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and brussel sprouts. It is packed full of fiber, antioxidants and has a anti-inflammatory benefit also. It is low in calories at only 36 calories per 1 cup serving. Kale is rich in iron and other vitamins/minerals making it a good healthy eating choice.
Kale can be prepared by steaming like broccoli or cauliflower. If you bake or dehydrate the Kale with seasonings, it takes on a crispy consistency like potato chips and makes a great weight loss snack.
Here's one of our favorite Crispy Kale Chip recipes but just let this be your guide – customize the seasonings to what YOU like best!
2 heads kale, washed and thoroughly dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
dill, sea salt and pepper, for sprinkling to your taste preference
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil, dill, sea salt and pepper. Spread into a single layer. Bake until crispy but still green, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as a healthy snack or finger food.
4 to 6 servings
Per Serving – based on a 4-serving yield (with 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil):
Calories – 147, Total Fat – 5g, Saturated Fat – 1g, Protein – 8g, Total Carbohydrate - 24g, Sugar – 0g, Fiber – 5g, Cholesterol - 0g, Sodium - 218mg (approx).
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