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Healthy snack recipe for weight loss: Kale Chips
If you’ve read my Top 10 Superfoods blog post, than you’re already well aware of my love for kale chips. So I finally decided to include my super simple recipe for kale chips so you all can try them too and let me know what you think!
First of all let me just remind you of how healthy kale is for you and why, if you love this recipe, you should definitely incorporate it into your current snack rotation. Not only is it full of vitamins and minerals, but its super low calorie which makes it even more nutrient dense.
Health Benefits of kale:
- Just one cup of Kale contains almost twice as much Vitamin A as you need for the day
- Kale is easily one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, meaning it has little calories but tons of nutrients
- You can find antioxidants such as quercetin, flavonoids and beta-carotene in kale which help fight free radicals and reduce risk for cancer
- Kale helps aid in fat digestion which leads to less reabsorption of fatty acids into the bloodstream and in turn lowers cholesterol levels
- The low calorie nature of kale makes it great for weight loss
How to Bake Kale Chips
Baked kale chips are one of my favorite recipes for kale chips because it’s really easy to do and pretty much everyone has an oven. I also use my air fryer and make kale chips in the air fryer sometimes but not everyone has one of those so I used a recipe that I thought more people could benefit from!
Something to remember when making baked kale chips is to never overdo it with oil, and make sure you use extra virgin olive oil as the lighter the better. The olive oil is basically what gives the kale chips their tasty flavor so it needs to be light and delectable. I recommend using Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil because I personally think it tastes great but any brand will work!
You also don’t want to make the mistake that I always do and over salt them! Just add a light coating to start and then you can add more later if you think they need more flavor.
Love salt. 😛
Baked Kale Chips
Healthy and easy snack recipe, baked kale chips
- 2.5 cups Chopped kale
- 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgins
- Salt Sprinkle as much as desired
Chop/tear the kale up into smaller pieces
Put into a mixing bowl and add the olive oil, mix it around until all of the kale is lightly coated with the oil
Pour the kale onto a baking sheet and spread evenly
Add the salt, as much or as little as you desire
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, checking it often
Kale is done when the leaves are lightly browned and crispy
How to Make Kale Chips in an Air Fryer
If you are lucky enough to have an air fryer (LOVE my air fryer), you can easily tweak this recipe for that as well simply by using your air fryer instead of the oven.
Follow the same steps as listed in my recipe above but instead of baking them you can set your air fryer to about 325 degrees and let them cook for 10-12 minutes, depending on how many kale chips you can fit in your air fryer at one time.
My air fryer is on the smaller side so it takes me two to three batches in order to get the same amount as you would from a baking sheet in the oven, but most air fryers can fit about the same volume as a medium cookie sheet would.
That’s basically it for kale chips… super simple and super tasty! Let me know what you think about them in the comments below 😊