It’s pretty common for someone to ask me a recommendation for a “healthy” snack. There’s always the obvious – fruit, veggies, raw cheese, raw nuts, hard boiled egg, etc… But, it seems as though many want to pick something up at a local store that comes in a bag or box and doesn’t need anymore effort than grab and chomp. One of the problems I run into with these recommendations is that unless you’re shopping where I’m shopping, I don’t know that your store will have what I’m recommending. Sooooo, I’m going to pass along a recipe here for a healthy snack that you can make at home, compliments of the Cleveland Clinic. My only assumption is that you can find kale at whatever grocer or market you frequent (and that you can use an oven without burning your house down).
This kale chip snack is not only delicious, but super nutritious!
6-8 cups chopped fresh kale, hard stems removed and no yellow leaves
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
<don’t be afraid to experiment with spices>
1. Place a rack on the lowest shelf of your oven
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
3. Spread the kale out on a sturdy baking sheet
4. Mix apple cider and olive oil together and drizzle over kale
5. Toss to coat completely
6. Place on the lowest rack of the oven and bake for 10 minutes
7. Remove from oven and tumble so that kale can get crispy all over
8. Back additional 8-12 minutes or until kale is crispy. It should be just slightly browned and crispy to the touch
If kale still bends (rather than crackles) when you touch it, it isn’t done yet. Return the tray to the oven. Turn down the heat if it is getting too brown. Continue cooking until crispy. Remove from oven, sprinkle with sea salt and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings
Serving size: 1.5 cups
Total fat: 8g
Saturated fat: 1g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 280 mg
Total carbohydrate: 10g
Dietary fiber: 2g