Everyone loves potato chips… at least I know I sure do!
But with all the noise about GMO and trans fats and salt, it’s becoming harder and harder to REALLY enjoy them without feeling some kind of health-related repercussions unless you are ready to spend a little more on healthier, more natural potato chip brands found in specialty health stores, etc.
Now I DO realize that there are some who could give a rat’s butt about it and will eat whatever they want… but naturally I’m talking to the health conscious or at least those at least TRYING to be more health conscious.
Yes, I know those look good and probably have you salivating right about now, but how ’bout we…
Discover what can be a delicious, yet healthy alternative to potato chips, shall we?
Some may say popcorn… another touchy snack food due to the whole possibility of the corn being GMO as well as HOW it’s made- pre-packaged microwave popcorn is definitely a no-no. Plus with all the gluten sensitivities experienced by so many so corn-based options may not be the absolute best way to go.
However, there IS a food that most EVERYONE can eat, most everyone DOESN’T eat…but most WILL eat when prepared this way and that’s…
Now in case you’re unfamiliar with this green leafy wonder, here is a little blurb:
Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. A leafy green, kale is available in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur varieties. It belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. – Read more
Now you’re probably wondering…
“How in the WORLD is this going to make for a healthy alternative to potato chips??”
Well, it’s what you DO to it that makes the magic. There’s something you can make called kale chips and they are delightful! Light, crispy and depending on what you put on them, they can be a flavor sensation! There are many variations you can create – I’ve personally made plain sea salt, sea salt -N- vinegar, spicy and one of my favorites, teriyaki flavored; which is the flavor I’m going to share with you here in this article.
Teriyaki Kale Chips
1 head of kale
1/2 c. Nama Shoyu (a raw soy sauce) OR… Bragg’s Liquid Amino OR… if nothing else, regular soy sauce but try to at least get organic – if you have gluten sensitivities, you can use wheat-free tamari sauce
1/2 tsp. Ginger powder
1/2 tsp. Onion powder
1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
Dash cayenne pepper
1-2 TBS of Agave nectar or evaporated cane juice (unbleached, unrefined sugar)
1/8 c. Olive oil
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Rinse (you can even soak) your kale leaves to remove any dirt and debris and then dry with paper towel. Set aside. Combine all of the other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Tear your kale leaves into quarter sized pieces and then place into the mixture. Massage the mixture into the leaves with your hands. Allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes (the longer the better) and then place the pieces on a baking sheet. Bake until crispy for about 20 minutes, turning the leaves about halfway through (after 10 minutes). Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit before enjoying.
For basic sea salt chips, simply toss leaves with olive oil, bake as instructed above and then sprinkle with Real Salt brand sea salt or Celtic sea salt immediately after removing from oven, while they’re still hot.
Now if you just HAVE to have potato chips, there are healthier varieties than your basic commercial brands. Seek them out in your local natural food stores such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and local co-ops if those are available in your area.
Let me know how you and your family liked the kale chips by leaving a comment below after you’ve tried them! 🙂