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Life-Changing Kale Chips

In honor of my Birthday, I’m sharing one of my absolutely FAVE Whole30 approved and paleo friendly recipes. Kale chips. Yup, you read that right - kale chips.

Really though, these are so good, and if you follow the directions, you can bag them up and they stay crispy. Just like real chips.

I actually brought them on my trip to Alabama last weekend, and they stayed crispy in my car, even in the outrageous heat.

If you still need convincing, a certain skeptic who was making fun of me for eating (and posting about) them was shocked at how much they “didn’t taste like kale” and said “he didn’t know expect them to taste like that." Plus, my three year old daughter loves them and will even occasionally eat them with her breakfast.

Soo, if you are skeptical but want more veggies in your life - try them out and let me know what you think!

Why Eat Kale?

According to this article, these are a few of the reasons to include kale in your diet! Because it has been known to be a "dirty" vegetable, I do buy organic and wash it REALLY well - so I would always suggest doing that when you then.

  • Its one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It contains Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium among many other nutrients.

  • It's an extremely versatile vegetable (I use it in soups, as chips, sauté it, pan sear it, add it to omelettes, smoothies, etc. - the list goes on! If you are on a Whole30 round, I am sure you are looking for ways to eat vegetables with every meal - and this is a perfect one!)

  • Its loaded with antioxidants

  • Its low calorie, low carb and contains a minimal amount of protein

  • It holds salad dressings and sauces really well, especially when you massage it into the leaves

  • This recipe is Whole30 and Paleo friendly!

What I eat Kale Chips With

I try to incorporate greens (or veggies) with every meal, and these come in handy for breakfast all the time. I have a side of them with my green smoothies, eggs, or anything else I am eating for breakfast or lunch. They also serve as a great topping to something that you want a little crunch or flavor with, such as chicken or salmon, and of course - they are a perfect snack anytime, anywhere.

My Favorite Kale Chips

Recipe Ingredients

  • 6-7 cups Kale, loosely packed/measured. Wash, dry well, remove stems and break into even pieces to ensure even cooking.

  • 2 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • ¼  t. Sea Salt

  • 2 T. Nutritional Yeast

  • 1 T. Tahini

  • 1.5 t. Apple Cider Vinage or squeeze of lemon

  • ½ T garlic powder

  • ¼ T turmeric

  • Black pepper

Recipe Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300, move shelf to second from bottom or middle.

  2. Toss Kale in bowl with all remaining ingredients, making sure to coat all pieces well.

  3. Spread kale on parchment covered baking sheets. Make sure not to crowd kale and spread out evenly.

  4. Cook for 12 minutes on second to bottom rack, toss and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, tossing as needed and watching closely!

  5. Once crispy, but not burnt, turn oven off and move rack to top. Leave kale in oven for additional 5-10 minutes to cool, then finish cooling on counter.

  6. Store in airtight container for up to 3 days. 

***If you make this recipe, please take a picture and share on instagram, and make sure to tag me! @foodfitnessandmomlife

* Too much liquid or packing kale to closely together on baking sheets will result in less of a crispy "chip."


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