Crunching on Kale

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I am not a girl who loves her veggies.  In fact, I basically force myself to eat them because I know they are healthy and the are 0 PointsPlus, so they’re great for bulking up meals at no extra cost to my PointsPlus tracker.  Fruit I will eat all day; veggies, not so much.   That being said, I am a fan of figuring out ways to get those veggies into my belly and actually enjoy them.  I’ve been hearing of kale chips for quite some time, and I decided it was finally time for me to join in the craze and try them myself.

What’s nice about them is you can enjoy them guilt free.  All you’re doing is crisping this really healthy leafy green and adding a bit of salt.  I was skeptical at first, but these babies do crisp up, and so much so that the chip practically dissolved once it hits your mouth.  There is definitely still a green veggie taste to the chips, but they crispy texture and the salt helps me trick my brain into believing I am eating something much more sinful than a bunch of leafy greens (rather than greasy fried potato chips).

All in all the kale chips are a healthy, easy to prepare snack that could help you curb your salt cravings.  I imagine you could use some garlic powder instead of salt to offer a different flavor, but below is the basic recipe.

Ingredients: Kale, olive oil cooking spray, salt.

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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Take a cookie sheet (I lined mine with foil) and give it a quick spritz with the cooking spray

Wash your kale and just rip it off of the stem into pieces.  The kale does shrink while it’s in the oven, so don’t make them to small.  Put the pieces on your cookie sheet and spritz the kale itself with one quick spray of the olive oil cooking spray (other recipes I’ve seen use amounts of oil that would add PointsPlus to the recipe.  Keep it really light here) and then sprinkle with salt to taste.

Put your pretty greens in the oven for about 15 minutes, adjusting cook time based on desired crispness.

Let cool and enjoy your healthy snack.  Crunch away and be guilt free 🙂

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