Healthy snacks are sometimes super tricky. We want exciting taste, not boring and bland, and it’s hard to steer clear of temptation at all hours. Don’t forget to check in with your body. What is the craving telling you? Don’t deprive yourself but do negotiate!
If it’s last minute and I’m feeling savoury I generally go for fresh popped organic pop corn with butter (and nutritional yeast) or corn tortilla chips and salsa or fresh guacamole. But it’s always nice to mix it up, and of course I’m always looking for more ways to add some green veg to the menu, especially kale.
These chips come out surprisingly crispy and the nutritional yeast gives a rich, almost cheesy flavour. You will definitely satisfy your savoury craving here plus they are actually really quick to whip up. You will easily have these things on hand from a weekly shop.
A few secrets to ensure a lovely crispy chip are to make sure the leaves are thoroughly dried to avoid any steam-cooking and use a good amount of olive oil to coat (but not drench) the chips thoroughly. Also spread the leaves out on the tray so they are stacked on top of each other. This ensures the heat is hitting all exposed sides evenly.
- 1 bunch of tuscan kale leaves (or any variety kale will work)
- 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbs nutritional yeast flakes
- Sprinkle of salt flakes to taste
1. Pre-heat oven to 180.
2.Wash and dry kale leaves.
3.Coat leaves in olive oil, making sure to spread over each side.
4. Sprinkle with salt and nutritional yeast.
5. Spread evenly across baking sheet.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden and crispy. Be careful not to overcook.
7. Let cool slightly before serving.
Kale Tip: If you have tough kale throw it in the freezer over night. Kale is a winter vegetable and the freezer mimics an overnight frost. Works so well!
Each of the ingredients in this recipe is a superfood in it’s own right. The nutritional yeast is a great source of B-vitamins and also a source of the gut friendly yeast saccromyces boulardii that helps your healthy gut flora thrive. Extra virgin olive oil, especially if you source the Australian grown which is of the highest quality in the world, is full of antioxidants and a clean fat source for your brain, hormones and skin. And we know how good kale is for us, such a gem. Greens are naturally rich in chlorophyll which is a potent detoxifier, it chelates (attaches toxins to itself) and effectively helps remove any baddies from the gut.
Heavens. Who knew chips could be so healthy. Hope you try them and enjoy. :))