Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means..time to get in shape! Simple changes like switching your favorite treat for a healthier alternative is a great way to slim down. My junk food weakness is potato chips. I love them and would have a hard time giving up my go-to snack so I was thrilled when I discovered kale chips! I used a very basic recipe to make my first batch of kale chips and I was beyond surprised at how good they tasted (they taste much better than they look)! Kale chips have the perfect crisp and saltiness that you crave in a chip yet are only 50 calories per serving compared to the whopping 250 calories per serving in most popular brands of potato chips. Best of all, they are so easy to make and you only need 3 basic ingredients:
-1 bunch of kale (available in any grocery store produce section)
-1 tablespoon of olive oil
-1 teaspoon of seasoning salt
Then follow these directions carefully:
-Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C)
-Line a cookie sheet with tinfoil or wax paper
-Using a knife (or your hands if you’d prefer) remove the kale leaves from the thick stems
-Tear the leaves into bite size pieces
-Thoroughly wash and then dry kale with a salad spinner
-Drizzle the kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt evenly
-Bake until the edges of the kale brown slightly but are not burnt, approximately 10 to 15 minutes depending on your oven
Note: The recipe does not require much olive oil or seasoning salt, do not add extra of either even though it may look like you need to!
There you have it! An easy to make light snack, perfect for curbing those salty snack cravings. Once you have mastered the basic kale chip recipe, try one of the more advanced recipes like the cheeseless kale chips recipe which gives you a spicy cheese flavored chip with no actual cheese (cheese is extremely fattening so using real cheese would defeat the purpose of eating kale chips to begin with) as seen below:
Have any of you ever tried kale chips? If so leave a comment with your thoughts or your recipes if you have a good one you’d like to share!