Easy back to school recipe: Baked kale chips

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September 5, 2012

Kale is an incredible vegetable rich in color, nutrients, and flavor and can spice up any recipe! (Source: Flickr)

Finding time to eat amidst the start of the school year can be difficult. Finding time to eat healthy is almost impossible. Almost.

Eating and eating right comes easily when knowing what kinds of foods to introduce into your daily life. Kale has gained popularity in recent months for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 15 percent of your daily required calcium and vitamin B6, 40 percent of magnesium, 180 percent of vitamin A, 200 percent of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K.

Kale also serves as a good source of the minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

The carotenoids and flavonoids found in kale are antioxidants associated with anti-cancer health benefits. In addition to reducing the overall risk of cancer, kale is also rich in both lutein and zeaxanthin compounds, which promote eye health. Kale is high in fiber content, which help bind bile acids that lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Most fruits and vegetables only thrive during particular seasons. However, kale is one of the only dark green leafy vegetables that survives through the winter. As we move from the summer season into colder days, kale will continue to be there for us.

Baked kale chips are a quick, easy, and delicious snack to make, especially when you’re on the move and pressed for time!

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 58, total fat: 2.8 g, cholesterol: 0 mg

Ingredients

1 bunch kale

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Directions

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Line a non-insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

With a knife, carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems, and tear them into bite-sized pieces.

Wash and thoroughly dry kale (with a salad spinner if possible).

Drizzle kale with olive oil, and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until edges are brown.


Easy back to school recipe: Baked kale chips was published on September 5, 2012 in Sports & Health

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