Okay, I will be the first to admit my dislike for kale. It tastes bitter, I DO NOT enjoy it in salads, and I feel like it is overall 'meh'. However, it is so packed with these awesome nutrients, I don't want to deny myself the benefits of it, by not eating it at all or not giving kale a fair chance. Also, I want my son to have the amazingness of kale in his growing body. Always choose organic or grow your own. Here are just a few health benefits of kale according to:
Abundant in Vitamin C ~ I know we all try to boost our own vitamin C during cold and flu season. Kale is a great way to do that all year round.
Detoxification Effects ~ Yes, as hard as we try to avoid them, our kids still get toxins in their little bodies from all directions. Whether it is Red or Yellow #5 food coloring from sharing their friends candy at school, or exhaust from sitting in your car behind a bus at a red light with your windows open. Toxins are everywhere. Let kale help us out be detoxifying some of these for us, naturally!
Vision Health ~ Some children get way too much screen time which ends up causing eye problems at an early age. Yes, limiting screen time is important, but what if kale could help reverse or prevent some of this damage?
Brain Boosting Benefits ~ A child's brain continues to develop all the way up until age 25. But the most crucial development happens from 0-5 years of age. Imagine putting kale in your baby's first bites of solid food? Or giving your toddler kale and they loved it! Even if your child is already beyond five years old, it is never too late to start.
Since we all need to lead by example, I wanted to make something I would enjoy eating, to show my son kale is not so bad after all. Did anyone grow up in a household where your parents would tell you, "Eat your broccoli!" but they never ate it themselves? I did. And I promised myself I would not do this once I had kids. It never did seem fair. So if your kids are not eating their vegetables because YOU are not eating yours, then this recipe is for your whole family!
Thankfully, I have been able to successfully feed my toddler kale! YES! It is a tried and true recipe and now my new favorite way to eat kale. (Other than putting a few sprigs into a protein shake. In fact, shakes hide kale incredibly well. So feel free to whip up a shake for your kid with some kale in it and they won't even know the difference!)
Here is what you will need for this recipe: #ad
Air Fryer #ad
1 or 2 bunches of Organic Kale
Organic Garlic Powder (from Aldi, super good prices!)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Wash your kale thoroughly with a fruit and vegetable cleaner. I like this one the best!
Now may be a good time to massage the kale as you rinse it. I have heard that massaging the leaves helps remove some of the bitterness. Weird, I know. But if it works, it works!
Remove the leaves from all the stems, as the leaves will become your kale chips. Rather than throwing away a perfectly good (but bitter) stem, I froze them in a large zip and seal bag for future protein shakes. These will grind up pretty good and I will not taste it at all.
Place in a large bowl, drizzle olive oil, sprinkle with salt and garlic powder. Be sure to mix them lightly with tongs. Repeat the olive oil drizzle and sprinkle with spices again. You want to make sure they are nice and covered on all sides.
Gently place them into your air fryer basket. (You CAN bake these in the oven, but they take a lot more attention and time. They need to be elevated on a baking rack on top of a cookie sheet. Bake at 375F for 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven, turning over every 2 minutes.) OR use the air fryer and only turn them once.
Place on your French Fry setting for 5 minutes at 400 F. When the air fryer beeps, remove and rotate the kale with your tongs gently. The goal is to flip them over as best you can so they can get crispy on all sides. Return to air fryer for 3-5 more minutes until golden brown.
Mine came out a teeny bit well done, but they were still as delicious as ever. My son loved them just the same. Crunchy, yet light and airy, with a touch of salty goodness. I hope you make these & if so, please share your picture with me. Happy Cooking!
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