Kale Chips Are Healthy Alternative To Salty Snacks

Sunrise Senior Living  |  January 11, 2013

January is the perfect time to curl up on the couch and enjoy a good movie, and of course nothing goes better with a movie than a salty snack. However, if you've resolved to cut back on fatty snacks like potato chips or popcorn loaded with butter, you might be hesitant to sit down for a movie for fear of the cravings it could bring on. Fortunately, you still can enjoy a good flick when you make this healthy but satisfying snack food - kale chips.

With a deep, rich flavor that is complemented by olive oil and salt, these chips might even be tastier than regular empty-calorie snacks. Either way, the nutritional value is hard to beat - kale is loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals, most notably vitamin K but also vitamins A and C and manganese, fiber and copper. Best of all, this snack is easy to make!

Kale Chips

Ingredients

One bunch raw kale, stems removed and torn into bite-sized pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Red pepper flakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the kale, olive oil and red pepper flakes together until the kale has a light, even coating. Then, spread the kale onto a large baking sheet. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown but not burnt.

Tip: An oil mister is extremely helpful to apply a light, even application of olive oil.