For me, the hardest part of eating healthy has always been finding healthy ways to snack. At work, we have a snack bin full of Oreos, Dirty Chips, Nutrigrain Bars, 100 Cal Snack Packs, etc. If I don't bring healthy snacks to work, I am at risk of succumbing to that tempting little bastardly bin. 

It's hard to keep it fresh though. I get bored of fruits and nuts all the time; I want something new and exciting. While my brother and I were growing up, we would always say we wanted something "new and exciting" when my mom asked us what we wanted to eat. Now that I have to feed myself, I am just like fuck "new and exciting." Some days I consider myself lucky if I manage to get scrambled eggs on the table.

Kale chips aren't exactly new to the scene, but they are most definitely exciting. The crispiness slash slightly bitter taste to them is what creates the excitement. Don't you think? And another plus is that they are super easy to make.

Crispy Kale Chips

1 bunch kale
Spices of your choice (I used Chili Powder and Salt)
Olive Oil

1) Heat oven to 250.
2) De-rib and cut kale into "chip-sized" pieces. The easiest way to de-rib kale is to hold the stem on one end and then pull the leaf off of it from the middle to the other end.
3) Make sure the kale is completely dry before this step. Coat kale with thin layer of olive oil and toss with spices to taste.
4) Place evenly in aluminum foiled baking dish.
5) Bake for 20 minutes, turning the chips at 10 minutes to cook both sides.
6) Enjoy!
8/25/2012 12:06:49 pm

Agree! I really like kale chips but am always too lazy to make them/anything else. But you are inspiring me...I'm going to need a snack when I get back into the library :(

11/1/2012 12:51:01 am

They're so good, but I get really annoyed with the "completely dry" part. I have wasted so many paper towels on that step in my life...and you know what happens if you don't...soggy kale chips!!! Ewwwwww. Is there anything worse? I wish there was another way...this recipe from goop bakes them long and slow, and in a parchment sack (they forgot to write that into the instructions, but it's in the photo). I'm going to see what happens with http://assets.goop.com/196/media/kale_chips.pdf?utm_source=goop+issue&utm_campaign=2142d26652-Goop_Issue_196_10_11_2012&utm_medium=email and let you know if this somehow eliminates the need for such thorough drying.

11/1/2012 01:13:24 am

Ugh, I know. It totally sucks! Let me know what happens!


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