Kale chips are perfect for tricking picky eaters and vegetable-haters into eating this super-healthy green.
I used to be one of those picky eaters myself: I’ve only recently come to like kale. Growing up, the only time I ever saw it was as an unappetizing dish (“långkål”) on Swedish Christmas smorgasbords and never even considered eating it.
But thanks (again) to my extremely health conscious friend, R, I’ve given it a second chance. R is often on a raw diet (by choice) and she encouraged me to try it raw in a salad “because it’s so extremely good for you”. I did, and what a difference from that limp, lifeless vegetable from my childhood! It’s sweet, a little spicy, crisp and delicious. And she’s right, it’s incredibly good for you.
What Is Kale?
It’s a type of cabbage from the Brassica oleracea family (which also includes a couple of my other favorites: broccoli and cauliflower) and it is loaded with healthy stuff. It has crazy amounts of Vitamin A, C and K, and lots of fiber, calcium, manganese, magnesium, carotenoids and flavonoids, etc. It is an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and caner preventive food and it helps detoxify the body and lowers cholesterol.
That’s just too many good things to pass up, so these days, whenever I make a salad, I put half lettuce and half kale in it (I like to use the curly kind) and I also like to just snack on it raw with my spicy chickpea dip.
But my favorite way to eat it is as chips. They are quick and super easy to make and we often make a batch to snack on on weekend afternoons.
Note: You’ll get a fair bit of kale stuck between your teeth, so it’s best eaten only with family and close friends!