Summer Snacks: Kale Crisps

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The summer is not only the season for festivals, pub gardens and bare legs, but it’s also the time of the year where everyone seems to jump on the “healthy eating” bandwagon in a bid to impress in the annual bikini body showdown.

For students everywhere revelling in the concept of a well-stocked fridge at home, life becomes a battle between cravings and willpower. I’m on a mission to make snacking both acceptable and healthy, and I’m starting with kale crisps…

These are so easy to make, with only a few ingredients and are a perfect afternoon snack. To make kale crisps you’ll need some kale (dependant on how much you want to make) 1 tbsp rapeseed oil, salt, pepper, paprika and a splash of chilli powder.

Firstly you’ll need to preheat the oven to 180-20 degrees. Break up and wash the kale but make sure it’s dry before you season it. Dabbing it with some kitchen roll will dry it out.kale crisps 3

In a bowl, drizzle the kale with the rapeseed oil and season with salt, pepper, paprika and a sprinkling of chilli powder. Use your hands to toss and mix it in the bowl, ensuring all of the kale is covered in seasoning. It’s completely down to you how much seasoning to put on – it’s subjective to how you like it.

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I always line the baking tray with kitchen foil to avoid having to do any extra washing up (top tip of the day for you) so simply place the seasoned kale on the baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on it; you want it crispy but not burnt. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

 

Not only will your kale crisps be delicious, but kale is a superfood. Here are just five benefits of introducing kale to your diet:

  1. Kale is filled with fibre and sulphur which makes it a detox food7
  2. Kale is extremely low in calories – which makes this snack a perfect substitute
  3. The fibre in kale aids digestion
  4. It’s highly nutritious and filled with vitamin K and other powerful antioxidants
  5. It helps maintain healthy skin, hair and nails

Surely you don’t need any more reasons to try this quick and easy recipe?

Georgia Farquharson