Superfood: Kale

February 23, 2011

Sometimes I get bored of the same ol’ snacks week after week.  I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting healthy treats.  Some months ago, I discovered Kale Chips at a local grocer, bought them, ate the entire container in one train ride and had the worst stomach ache on earth.  To make matters worse, I had to log it and ‘fess up to my nutritionist.  While being chastised for portion control (in my defense, they were so good I couldn’t stop), I got heavy praise for my adventurous palate and discovering a ‘superfood’ on my very own!

Even though it’s not very pretty, kale is an amazingly easy  and quick veggie to cook.  In just a few minutes, steamed kale is a delicious accompaniment to baked salmon, chicken breast or pork tenderloin!  It’s high in so many vitamins and antioxidants, but let’s let Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD from WebMD explain it better than I can:

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

So there you have it.  Incorporate this superfood into your diet.  I’m pleased to share with you my version of a kale chips recipe.  It’s amazing.

Skoog’s EASY Kale Chippers

Ingredients

1 large bunch of kale leaves
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove minced garlic

Sea salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Remove stalks and ribs from kale. Rinse and dry leaves with paper towel.
  3. In a large bowl, using your hands, toss leaves with olive oil until each leaf is coated.  Add garlic and mix well.
  4. Arrange leaves in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle leaves with sea salt and ground pepper.
  5. Bake for 23-27 minutes or until crisp.
  6. Transfer chips to a wire rack or paper towels and let cool.

INDULGE!

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One Response to “Superfood: Kale”

  1. Kaylin D Says:

    Those sound so good!! How many chippers would be considered reasonable for a snack?


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