After I gave birth to my daughter I had a huge mood swing and started putting all sorts of vile things in my body. Enough was enough and I finally started eating healthier and lost the weight!
I have always known kale to be good for you but I could never find a good way to eat it. Let’s face it, it is bitter and doesn’t taste fantastic. I saw kale chips on le Facebook and had to try them!
I found this fantastic recipe on Smitten Kitchen. Apparently, you can also crumble them up and sprinkle over popcorn! I am happy to report my 19 month old loves them too. This makes me a happy momma.
I made more today and… ate the entire first batch. If you have had them you don’t blame me, right?
Baked Kale Chips
Adapted from a bunch of inspiring places
1 bunch (about 6 ounces) kale (I used Lacinato or “Dinosaur” Kale but I understand that the curlier stuff works, too, possibly even better)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 300°F. Rinse and dry the kale, then remove the stems and tough center ribs. Cut into large pieces, toss with olive oil in a bowl then sprinkle with salt. Arrange leaves in a single layer on a large baking sheet (I needed two because mine are tiny; I also lined mine with parchment for easy clean-up but there’s no reason that you must). Bake for 20 minutes, or until crisp. Place baking sheet on a rack to cool.
Kale-Dusted Popcorn If you’re making the chips with the intention to grind them up for popcorn, I’d use less oil — perhaps half — so they grind without the “powder” clumping. I ground a handful of my chips (about half) in a mortar and pestle (well, actually the “pestle” was MIA so I used the handle of an OXO reamer, not that anyone asked) and sprinkled it over popcorn (1/4 cup popcorn kernels I’d cooked in a covered pot with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil over medium heat, shaking it about with potholders frequently). I seasoned the popcorn with salt. I liked this snack, but I think Parmesan and Kale-Dusted Popcorn would be even more delicious. Next time!
Benefits of eating kale from Livestrong.com:
Kale is a cruciferous, or four-petaled flower, vegetable and similar to other dark leafy green produce. Kale derives from the wild cabbage that orginated in Turkey. In nutrition terms, Kale is an excellent source of phytonutrients as well as Vitamins A, C, and K, and calcium, which represent some of the requisite nutrients for skin health. Kale is also one of the richest sources of lutein and contains beta- carotene, which improves skin elasticity and firmness.
Lutein and Vitamin C
Harvard Medical School research demonstrated that the consumption of the antioxidant lutein plays a role in protecting the skin against sun damage from UVA rays. Vitamin C is known to effectively reduce free radical damage, which often comes from overexposure to the sun. Free radicals attack the fibers that support the skin — collagen and elastin — and the breakdown results in premature aging skin.
Vitamins A and K
Vitamin A is key to healthy skin and promotes its proper repair and maintenance.
A diet deficient in Vitamin A can result in dry, flaky skin. Vitamin A plays a role
in repairing healthy tissue underneath the skin, and preventing damage by free radicals. Vitamin K helps to reduce dark circles in the delicate area under the eyes, hence it is an ingredient in some skin care formulations designed to get rid of the problem.
The skin benefits from calcium include cell renewal and the regulation of the lipid barrier. When the skin sheds and renews, it needs to maintain a healthy lipid level. Calcium is also the most abundant mineral in the body, a deficiency may cause dry skin and wrinkling. MayoClinic.com says Kale is a good source of calcium. The National Cancer Research Institute noted in a research report that people with low skin calcium experienced greater premature aging of the skin and showed higher incidences of skin cancer.
The American Dietetic Association says there are several ways you can eat kale. Like other dark, leafy vegetables, you can grill it, sautee it in olive oil, and add it to omelets, soups, wraps, sandwiches and casseroles. Kale can also be eaten raw or juiced. Wash the leaves thoroughly to remove any debris if you are eating kale raw, and it’s advisable to sprinkle the leaves with fresh lemon juice to enhance its beneficial phytonutrient concentration.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/522832-the-skin-benefits-of-kale/#ixzz2cXWyLJcJ
Have a fantastic day! Go outside and exercise today!