Monday, June 20, 2011

RECIPE: Kick A$$ Kale Chips

MANY of my clients complain about their addiction to chips. 

Sooo, I thought my very first blog post should be about a healthy AND tasty alternative to chips. Lay's, Doritos, Pringles, Cheetos, or MY fave, Cape Cod Potato Chips,  MOVE ON OVA, there's a NEW Chip in town --> KALE CHIPS!!! 

I can see your face scrunching up in disgust... and I had the same reaction, but was pleasantly surprised when I tried 'um for the first time. Don't knock it 'til you try it! 

Kiss your salty chip cravings GOODBYE... Let's get this kick a$$ kale chip party started!

~ 1 Bunch of Kale * I like getting mine from my local farmer's market when it's open!
EVOO -> Extra-Virgin Olive Oil * I love the Filippo Berio Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil  OR Extra-Virgin Olive Oil in a spray can! {Kinda like PAM, but MUCH better for ya} 

#TatsTip: Using a spray bottle of EVOO is a GREAT way to cut back on calories. Try it!

~ Seasoning * I like to alternate and mix the following : Season's Sea Seasonings- Organic Dulse Granules, Red Hot Chili Pepper Flakes, Turmeric, Mrs. Dash
~ Baking Sheet


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 5+ depending on how hungry you are... ;-)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Wash the kale and remove it from the stalk in large pieces by just sliding it off...
3. Break the kale up into chip size pieces and place on a baking sheet.
4. Pour a lil' bit of olive oil in your palm and drizzle it over the kale OR Spray a lil' olive oil directly onto the kale.
5. Sprinkle your seasoning of choice over the kale.
6. Put the baking sheet in the oven for 5 minutes, then take it out and flip the kale and cook for 5 more minutes.
*** Keep an eye on the kale as they can burn easily ***
7. Remove and let them cool for a bit and then serve 'um up!



Why are Chips BAD for you? 
Well, for one, they contain unhealthy trans fats, (banned in NYC back in 2006), which increase the risk of heart disease by clogging arteries, increasing cholesterol levels, reducing the level of good cholesterol, HDL.

Why are Kale Chips GOOD for you? 

Kale is a cruciferous veggie, (Cruciferae - New Latin for "cross-bearing"), named for the shape of their petals, whose four petals resemble a cross. Kale is HIGH in fiber, which helps to fill you up and stay full longer. It's also an excellent source of nutrients such as vitamin A and calcium.

QUESTIONS? Comment below and I'll try my best to answer 'um...

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP

Blog: HealthyliciousBliss!