Today, I am proud to say that I made my first batch of Kale ‘crisps’ in my new dehydrator and what a success! I was so surprised to see how my whole family polished them off in no time. In fact, the kids wanted more! Kale is such a powerhouse of nutrients that it’s a fantastic way of getting another green vegetable into the diet in the form of a snack any time of the day. Whilst I used a dehydrator, they can also be made in the oven too.
Let’s find out why kale is so good for you!
Kale has one of the highest levels of antioxidants as well as being packed with glucosinolates. This means it is a great food to help the liver cleanse the body of toxins . These compounds, together with its high fibre content, make this vegetable a useful tool for balancing hormones as well as supporting the ‘good bacteria’ for a healthy digestive system.
Kale is a winter vegetables, grown at the time of year where colds and flus are rife. So Mother Nature looks after us by packing winter foods with vitamins A, C and K as well as flavonoids, all needed to support the immune system and fight those drizzly noses and coughs.
It also has a host of minerals including iron, calcium, potassium needed for the metabolism to function efficiently. The list is endless.
Kale crisps are fun and fussy eaters seem to enjoy them too. However, kale is great in soups, steamed with a squeeze of lemon and olive oil or sauted with other veg in coconut oil.
1 bag of kale – washed thoroughly, chopped and stalks removed
Drizzle a little olive oil and a pinch of salt (optional).
Spread the kale out in the hydrator or oven dish.
5/7 hours in the hydrator (depending on the machine) or a very low heat in the oven until crispy.
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