Saturday, April 7, 2012

Stop thinking about it and just do it

I'm talking about... kale chips. If you haven't tried this virtually guilt-free, healthy and addictive snack, you must. Add kale to your grocery list this instant.

Here's how - it is so easy, you will wonder what took you so long to try it:

Once you have a nice bunch of kale, take a few minutes to rinse it, rip the leaves it off the center ribs (into about 3" chunks or all in one piece, it doesn't matter; discard the ribs), throw the leaves in a big bowl, drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil on there, squirt a bit of vinegar (white, malt, balsamic - doesn't matter), sprinkle with salt and pepper, then squish it around with your hands until it's all nicely coated. Spread the leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet (on parchment paper if you want super easy clean-up), and stick that in a 250F oven for about 30 minutes.

It takes maybe 5 minutes to prepare these, and the crispy, salty, yummy result will be gone in a flash. They are tasty and full of goodness. My 14-month-old was even happily munching on them.

Kale is a source of organosulfur compounds that may reduce the occurrence of some cancers, is full of beta-carotene (key for good vision), Vitamin C (cold-fighter extraordinaire and may reduce the risk of colon cancer), and minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

I know I'm by no means the first on the kale chip bandwagon - but if you needed a little push to get you on this deliciously awesome wagon too, consider this a healthy shove.