Superfood, superfood, superfood. The list for the proverbial 'superfoods' keeps getting longer and longer and I suppose that is a good thing. There is no true scientific definition for superfood, but foods that are branded as such are thought to have extraordinary health benefits - thus making them 'super'. Kale is one of those chosen to wear the crown of superfood. I am not bothered by this because I like kale and the fact that there may be extraordinary health benefits is ok by me. Just for the record, I would have eaten it anyway.
One of my favorite healthy snacks is actually kale chips. While light and crispy, I wouldn't compare them to deep fried or even baked potato chips. However, they are an alternative when you are looking for a healthy, crunch and a little salty snack.
For a long time, I thought I was doing something wrong when making my kale chips. Sometimes they would come out of the oven limp and wilted and not crispy and light. Here are three things that I found that improved this tasty snack for me. 1) There are different kinds of kale - Tuscan kale has a larger, flatter leaf and Curly kale is very tight and has curly edges. I use the curly kale, it tends to hold up better and get crispy and not as limp. 2) Most recipes call for 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. I found that this is way too much oil and it really seems to weigh down the chip. 1 Tablespoon or even a 'light' mist with oil from a pump mister works better for me. 3) Make sure the kale is very, very dry. After washing the kale lay it flat on a paper towel or even better - put it in a salad spinner and spin, spin, spin until all the water is gone.
Just a little sprinkle of sea salt is great or you can be creative and use other spices or seasoning blends. Garlic and Herb Seasoning or a sprinkle of Ground Cumin or Coriander Seed Powder or even some fresh Ground Black Pepper will work perfectly for this snack.