Food Friday: Kale Chips

Shaniece-Hairston-Kale-Chips-Recipe

Most people love those oily and salty chips as snacks — I used to be one of them. They are addicting! But I have really made a lot of lifestyle changes to get my body to where it is now in order to pursue my modeling career and dreams. If I just sat around eating chips all day, all my gym time would be basically useless. But I understand that it can be so easy to just break and start cheating on the diet, so I find healthy alternatives.

For chips, my healthy alternative is kale chips. I am obsessed with kale. I know it was a huge food trend recently and people started making fun of it, but I still love it and eat it all the time. It is so healthy for you!

These chips can be a snack on its own, with no guilt! You can also just them as a garnish for soups or salads or fish or purees — anything to add in a great texture and taste.

I just love kale chips and they are so easy to make, too. You basically only need kale, the seasonings you want, a tiny bit of oil and an oven and like, five minutes.

Here’s how to make your own…

INGREDIENTS:

  • A bunch of kale, washed and dried thoroughly (basically as much as you want to eat in a day — they usually start wilting after too long)
  • A little oil for drizzling (you can use any, I know rapeseed oil and olive oil are the popular ones to use for kale. Some people use coconut oil too if you are going for a sweeter taste with your ingredients)
  • Seasonings you want (this is where you get creative and decide which flavors you want. Basically you can make your own chip flavor with this! I know some popular seasonings to use are sea salt, pepper, cheese flakes, red wine vinegar, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, lemon, parmesan cheese, etc. etc. I think a good one to test out first is the salt and pepper. Don’t be afraid to get creative or look up more recipes depending on what you are feeling. You can even just experiment, use just one stalk of kale and test it out)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to about 300F.
  2. Wash the kale under cold water and pat dry on a paper towel to remove as much excess water as possible.
  3. Tear the leaves into large pieces off the stem. You can save the stems for healthy smoothies but they won’t be used in this recipe!
  4. Put the leaves in a large bowl and drizzle a mixture of your oil and seasonings over them and toss the leaves using your hands to evenly coat them. We’re not deep-frying these so don’t get TOO much oil on them.  Just a slight sheen! You can add more of the seasonings after.
  5. Spread the leaves evenly over a baking sheet — you might have to do this in several batches depending on how many chips you are making.
  6. Put in oven and bake for 5-10 minutes, or until they curl up and get small and crispy. The first time I made these, I checked the oven obsessively, and I recommend you doing the same. You’ll know what level of crispy you like after one or two times of making these.
  7. Remove chips from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  8. Sprinkle on more seasonings if you need it!

And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoy this tasty and nutritious snack! They are great for all ages! Let me know which flavors and seasonings you like to use most.

And check out the recipe I shared for kale salad with shrimp.

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