Are Kale Chips a Healthy Snack?
Nutrition Diva explains the effects of oven-roasting on kale and shares her own recipe.
Q. Are Kale Chips as nutritious as fresh kale? I make my own kale chips at home, but I wonder if roasting them in the oven burns away some of their benefits?
A. Oven-roasting won’t affect the vitamin K in kale—which is good for your bones and heart. On the other hand, you’ll lose some of the beta-carotene and vitamin C. But kale is so high in these vitamins to start out with that it’s still a good source after it’s been cooked. More importantly, you’re likely to eat more kale when it’s prepared the way you like it best, so roast away!
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Nutrition Diva Recipe: Roasted Kale Chips
Roasting kale to make crisp, guilt-free “chips” is easy—but there are a couple of tricks. Follow my instructions exactly to ensure success.
Wash raw kale and tear into bite size pieces. Discard any thick stems and ribs.Very Important: Dry kale thoroughly on paper towels before continuing.
Gently toss the torn kale with a tiny bit of olive oil or use a spray bottle.
Spread kale in a single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with salt.
Bake at 350 degrees F. until crisp (5 to 10 minutes).
Very Important: Do not leave the kitchen! It only takes about ten seconds to go from crisp, bright green kale chips to charred cinders, so keep a very close eye on things. (If your oven runs hot, set it for 325 degrees.)
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