Eating a healthy whole food diet means that I don’t eat processed foods (in the form of shop bought packaged goods). Not because I am depriving myself of these things but because I genuinely don’t see the point in eating them and I much prefer to make my own variations at home. As I mentioned in a previous post, I like to make sure that I put as many antioxidants and vitamins in to my body as possible each day, and processed packaged foods are void of these. I therefore see this as a wasted oppurtunity to fill my bod with the essential nutrients that it needs to thrive. This does not mean to say that I don’t still crave something that resembles a packet of crisps now and then though.
Sometimes in life all you need is something a little salty and a little CRUNCHY.
Say hello to my crispy kale chips.
They taste divine and are super healthy too. The kale provides us with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates. It also provides a mega dose of of vitamins A,C,E,K, manganese, copper, calcium and iron. Cruciferous vegetables also contain DIM which is metabolised into indole-3-carbinol which supports metabolism of excess oestrogen in the body by supporting the necessary hepatic enzymes.
Furthermore, regular packets of crisps are made of potato – when heated at high temperatures potatoes form acrylamide which rather worryingly is a known carcinogen. Not to mention its trans-fat and salt content.
So, scary facts aside, I reckon you should give these coconut kale chips a whirl, and you won’t regret it!
Large bag of organic kale
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
- Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees (fan assisted oven)
- Lay the chopped kale on to a baking tray
- Rub the coconut oil between your hands and then massage in to all of the kale leaves
- Rub in the paprika and salt
- Sprinkle on the nutritional yeast for a cheesey flavour (and a good hit of vitamin B12) – don’t worry if you can’t get this you can do the recipe without, however most health shops do sell it.
- Add more coconut oil if any of the leaves are dry
- Bake in the oven until crispy – about 10/15 minutes. Don’t leave unattended as it is easily burnt!
Kale… You ROCK.