Benefits of Kale: The Vegetable Powerhouse

Parmesan Kale Chips
Parmesan Kale Chips

If Beans are considered the “magical fruit,” then Kale is the equivalent in vegetable world. After seeing a lot of information about Kale while I was juicing, I started to see if I could incorporate it more in our daily meals.

Turns out, I’m not a fan of Kale.

Even when I had it in my juice, I couldn’t put too much or else it would ruin my drink.

The taste of kale is pretty tart and sharp, which has always been a taste I stay away from. I’m really more of a sweets girl myself and prefer spinach. But…. there are so many great things about kale that I had to give it another try.

So what are some of the great benefits of kale?

  1. Low calories: Only 35 per cup
  2. Full of fiber: 5g per serving
  3. Filled with nutrients like calcium, vitamin K, vitamin B6, magnesium, vitamin A & C
  4. Bursting with folic acid and other antioxidants
  5. Can easily be made into crisps

Ok, so the last one is a benefit for me really because it’s an easy way for me eat them. I love anything with a crunch.

So, then how do you make my parmesan kale crisps shown above?

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Wash the kale thoroughly to get rid of the pesticides and other gross stuff
  3. Cut the spine out of the kale and then further cut the pieces down to bite sized
  4. Get out your olive oil and put the kale in a bowl. Lightly cover the kale in olive oil by mixing in a small amount and using your hands or a spoon to cover the leaves.
  5. Layer the leaves on a cookie sheet and then sprinkle with sea salt. Put in the oven.
  6. Set the timer for 6 minutes. After the first 6 minutes, you want to take them out and sprinkle your parmesan cheese over the crisps then put back in the over for another 5-6 minutes. You want them to be dried out but not burned when you take them out of the oven.
  7. Take out when done and let cool a few minutes. Then enjoy.
  8. They can easily be used with many different types of seasoning like a gluten-free taco or garlic salt.

 

After playing around with these and trying different recipes, I found myself enjoying kale much more than I ever previously thought I would. It turns out what just by changing the cooking method, you can change the entire taste of a food.

How do you eat your kale?