I love to snack, and snacks which are guilt-free are my favourite. Potato chips are made with nasty chemicals which leave a pit in your stomach, terrible gas, and you feeling gross, but they’re irresistibly delicious, right? The reason why they’re so good and keep you coming back for more is the addictive food chemicals they are made with (look out for my Fact Friday tomorrow for more). If you’re looking for a healthy substitute to satisfy your potato chip craving or just want a nutritious snack idea, these kale chip are a must-try! Kale chips are a perfectly crispy, crunchy and salty snack to munch on without consuming nasty preservatives. I’ve seen a small bag of kale chips in a grocery store sell for $8-$10 (outrageous!). You can make your own for only a few dollars. 🙂
I’ve chosen to make these kale chips with hemp seeds for added protein and nutrients. I was thrilled when I got offered to sample a few of Natera’s hemp seed products because I am a huge fan of these seeds and love adding them to my meals. Hemp seeds are packed with complete plant-based protein (10g per 3 tbsp serving) and are high in EFA (essential fatty acids) omega-3 and -6 fats. Compared to flax and chia seeds, hemp seeds have more protein and EFA and fewer carbohydrates. They are a great addition to anyone’s diet – I particularly like adding them to my salads and sprinkling them on my morning oats.
I really hope you give these chips a try – they will be a crowd pleaser!
- 1 bunch kale
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Wash & thoroughly dry kale leaves. Remove leaves from stem, tear into bite-size pieces & place in a large bowl.
- Drizzle leaves with olive oil & sprinkle with hemp seeds & spices.
- Using your hands, massage kale to mix all ingredients.
- Line 3 baking trays with aluminum foil & evenly spread kale leaves in a single layer on tray. It is very important for the leaves to be in a single layer so they bake evenly & turn perfectly crispy.
- Place trays in oven & bake for 12-15 mins. Check on the chips so they don't burn (every oven is different). Chips are ready when edges are slightly brown.
- Remove from oven & allow to cool. Serve or store in an airtight container.