Kale Chips – Betcha Can’t Stop At One!

By on September 3, 2014

Baby Boomers Kale ChipsWhat if I told you it was okay to eat a whole bowl of chips—salty, crunchy, delicious, satisfying chips—without guilt. In fact, you could even feel good about yourself afterwards.

Well you can if that bowl is full of kale chips.

Hold on, I know what you’re thinking. You doubt kale chips could ever be as tasty and satisfying as potato chips. All I can tell you is I was in your camp, that is, until I tried this kale chip recipe.

Most kale chip recipes call for a spritz of oil, a sprinkle of salt, and some oven time. That may work for you if you are a kale chomping health food fanatic with taste buds trained to love tasteless leafy green stuff.

I wanted a potato chip substitute. I wanted a kale chip that would make eating kale appealing!

After all, when it comes to healthy eating, kale’s resume is impressive…

  • It’s low in calories, high in fiber, and virtually fat-free (can’t say that about a ‘tater chip)
  • Kale promotes cardiovascular health
  • Kale is loaded with vitamins C, A, and K
  • There is more iron in kale than beef
  • It also contains cancer and inflammation fighting antioxidants
  • Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk
  • Kale supports your eyes, bones, joints, and skin

Okay, enough reasons why you should eat kale, now on to making it taste delicious!

Boomers Know How Kale Chips

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Wash 5-6 large curly kale stems, drain and pat completely dry.

Kale Chips

Raw Chips on Cookie Sheet

3) Tear the kale leaves away from the center stem in chip size pieces. (Stems are tough and chewy—not good. Also, we prefer mature kale over baby kale leaves for chips.)

4) Place the raw chips on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Don’t be too fussy about positioning; just place the chips on the sheet in a single layer.

5) Lightly mist the leaves with your favorite oil. We use coconut oil applied with an oil spray bottle.

6) Now comes the fun part—adding delicious herbs and spices. Feel free to try any herb and spice combination you like. We take a bit of a shortcut by using two zero-calorie spice blends: (see links below)

Spiced Kale Chips

Oiled and Spiced Chips

a) Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute—you guessed it, this seasoning mix contains 21 healthy herbs and spices, including seven of the twelve on our Dynamic Dozen list. Don’t be bashful, there is no added salt, so hit it hard.

b) Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Herbal Pizza and Pasta Magic—a healthy blend of herbs and spices, with a touch of grated Parmesan cheese. This one packs a punch! Apply a little or a lot; you determine how spicy you want your chips.

c)  Himalayan Sea Salt – apply lightly; a little goes a long way. More info on why we use sea salt can be found HERE.

d) As an occasional treat, or maybe to introduce kale chips to a first-timer, add a bit more grated Parmesan cheese.

7) Bake the chips for ten minutes rotating the cookie sheet at the halfway mark. After ten minutes, check the chips in the middle of the sheet. If they are still limp, add an additional two minutes.

That’s it. Cool and enjoy!

Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

Please share your ideas by adding your suggestions and comments at the end of this post.

Until next time,

Eat kale, be healthy!

RG, Editor
P.S. Since kale chips are so darn healthy, I think it’s okay to enjoy them with a cold beer!

Download Recipe HERE!

Additional Information

From HealthAmbition.comTop 12 Health & Nutritional Benefits of Kale (And 3 Awesome Recipes That Make use Of It)

Top 10 Kale Health Benefits

Caution for those taking blood thinning or anti-coagulant drugs like warfarin.



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