Make it Yourself: Kale & Sweet Potato Chips

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Make it Yourself: Kale & Sweet Potato Chips

  • Healthy Snacks: Kale and Sweet Potato Chips

    I love snacking, I think we all know by now that waiting until you starving and then devouring a huge meal isn’t good for you. Smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day is a much healthier way of life (and the way to help you loose weight.) But of course your snacking has to be healthy.  No need to spend a gazillion dollars on kale chips that dissapear in 2 seconds when you can easily make them yourself at home. These healthy snacks are really easy to make. So grab a bunch of kale, a few yams or sweet potatoes, olive oil, a few spices and your good to go!

  • Kale Chips: Kale is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains high levels of vitamins C, K, A, calcium and iron. It’s high in fiber, low in calories and has zero fat. Kale chips are easy to make and this method of cooking retains all the nutritional value of the kale, creating a low-calorie, nutrient-dense snack that’s good for you.

  • Preheat your oven to 300F and line a few baking sheets with parchment paper. This will keep your chips from sticking. (You can use a little oil or cooking on the pan if you don’t have parchment paper.) Wash kale thoroughly.

  • Tear off chip size pieces of the leaves and discard the stem. Use a salad spinner to remove as much water as possible. You want your Kale to be thoroughly dried or your chips could turn out soggy.

     

  • Pat the leaves with a clean dish towel to remove any remaining water.

  • Place leaves in a large bowl and add approximately 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 1 bunch of kale. You can add some spices at this time, 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of seasonings such as garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper. Season lightly since kale chips are very delicate and can easily become overpowered by them. Massage the oil and seasonings into the kale leaves to make sure all the nooks and crannies are covered. I had never tried using different spices so for half of the kale I added some chili powder, paprika and garlic powder. I made the other half my usual way by massaging with oil, placing on baking sheet and a light sprinkling of sea salt and pepper.

  • Spread kale pieces onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Don’t overlap the leaves. Bake for about 10 minutes and check kale. Rotate pan if necessary. Bake for another ten minutes or so. It depends on how thick your kale is. Let cool for a few minutes. Squeeze on some lemon juice and it’s the perfect snack!

    Note: I found that I enjoy kale chips my usual way, with just a little sea salt and pepper. But you never know unless you experiment!

  • Sweet Potato Chips

    Sweet potato fries and chips have become popular in the last few years. Sweet potatoes (yams) are high in vitamin B6. The also are a good source of vitamins C and D and minerals such as iron and magnesium. Their natural sweetness which is enhanced when baked, make them a delicious fried potato chip alternative. A little salt and pepper is all that’s needed for a healthy and delicious snack.

  • Wash and dry 2 sweet potatoes. Slice thin to a uniform thickness. A mandolin would make this much easier but since I don’t have one I used a very sharp knife. They turned out pretty good so don’t worry if they aren’t perfect. Place in a large bowl and toss slices with a tablespoon or so of olive oil.

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    Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and season with sea salt and pepper. Bake in a 300F oven for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes check and turn the chips over. Continue baking for another 30 minutes or so until the chips are nicely crisped. It may take longer depending on your oven. Some may still be soft in the middle but they will still taste delicious and will harden a bit after a few minutes.

  • As always, hope you enjoy!

12 Comments

  1. Natali says:

    Mmmm!! So delicious and healthy!! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Hayley says:

    One of my favourite healthy snacks!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe

    With love from London,
    Hayley

    http://www.thelifestylemenu.co.uk

  3. Savannah says:

    This is so easy! I’m trying this asap! x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  4. Mariana Paulos says:

    Sounds yummy!

  5. Eden says:

    This looks delicious! I love making kale chips at home but never tried experimenting with sweet potatoes. Thanks for sharing :)
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  6. Liz says:

    sweet potato chips are the best

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  7. I made kale chips for the first time the other week, loved them so much I made a massive batch and ate them all. By the end of the night I felt awful with a pounding headache and the taste of kale. Long story short, don’t binge on kale chips or even the sight of them will make you feel sick :(
    Very interested in sweet potato chips though as I’m loving sweet potato at the moment!

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  8. Angie Wilson says:

    great post, thanks for sharing these recipes!

    xx Angie | http://www.thefashionfuse.com/

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