Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer

I have been hearing about kale chips a lot lately. Growing up in a traditional American home I was raised eating potato chips at 4th of July celebrations, picnics and just because sometimes, a lot like some of you, so deep down I like them or at least the memories associated with them!

Being a real food advocate however, we don’t really eat potato chips anymore, sometimes on a rare occasion you might catch us with regular plain potato chips… but shhh! don’t tell!

That crunchy, salty taste is something I still desire, so I decided to make kale chips which are extremely frugal and have many health benefits instead of health detriments like traditional potato chips fried in unhealthy fats, usually have preservatives, loads of table salt and other questionable ingredients.

I bought the Kale for 88 cents a pound recently. Kale is all you need because you probably have the other ingredients on hand. You will also need olive oil which is always in my cabinet, sea salt and some seasoning. We happened to be visiting my family in Arizona when I made these so I used my mom’s garlic & herb seasoning. The ingredients in the seasoning were dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, orange peel, paprika and red pepper but you could use what you have.

Here are the 6 simple steps I followed to make the kale chips:

  1. Buy 1-2 bunches of kale from the grocery store, local market or farmer’s market and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Wash the kale & dry it, if you have a salad spinner that would probably work great, otherwise pat dry.
  3. Pull leaves off the stalks into chip sizes and place in large bowl.
  4. Get your oil, salt & seasoning and pour or shake while in bowl and mix well with your hands.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and put into the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Shake sheet and if the kale is crisp, place on a plate and enjoy!

Kale is full if antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory and packed with several vitamins. Olive oil is a healthy fat that helps with cholesterol and blood pressure and has many nutritional benefits and sea salt is alkalizing to the body and contains many essential minerals. So with all of those benefits I don’t think you can go wrong with kale chips!

Have you ever made kale chips? How does your family like to eat kale?

Top image by bee wolf ray, other images by Rachel.