Heart Healthy Kale

Kale is a super food. And it's really good for your heart.

From WebMD "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."

Kale stands out because it has the broadest range of antioxidants and also the highest levels of several specific ones, along with Vitamin K and a type of Vitamin E that seems to be heart-healthy.

Keeping my heart healthy and teaching my children how to keep their heart healthy is one of my jobs as their mother. My oldest daughter loves to cook with me, so when this batch of kale arrived from Nature's Greens we were excited to see what we'd make with it.

 We were looking through cookbooks, looking up recipes online when I just looked at Haley and said "kale chips." She rolled her eyes at me. See, I've tried Kale Chips a few time before and they have never come out good. But I was determined this time and used a recipe modified from Nom Nom Paleo.

They were a hit! Haley loved them, and so did the other 2 kids, my husband and me too. Smile

This is what I did: Cook them with just oil and then season when they come out. I combined grey sea salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning and tossed them in the seasoning. So good. Haley called it the Magic Spice because I have never made good kale chips before. Tongue Out

I'll be honest. They really were labor intensive because I wanted to make sure that they were laying flat so that they would cook properly and not that many would fit on a baking tray. I couldn't keep up with the demand! The family was eating them faster than I could make them.

But really, that's a good thing. I found a recipe that works for us and the Tampa Trio gets all the heart healthy benefits of Kale.

You can follow Nature's Greens on Pinterest where you'll find great recipes for all sorts of greens, including kale!

Do your kids like Kale? How do you prepare it?

Disclaimer: Nature's Greens provided me with the Kale and compensated me for my honest review.

Comments (8) -

  • I LOVE this idea! I am so trying this! We're looking for ways to snack healthier in our house. This is a fabulous idea! I've never tried kale. Is it bitter?
  • Yum! I've always wanted to try kale chips but have been nervous to take the plunge. Smile
  • Not a Kale fan but my husband love it, especially the chips
  • I love kale! But, I've never made the chips because they seem like a lot of work.
  • Did you bake them? How long and at what temp? I have always wanted to make them, but haven't tried it yet. I'm going to do this soon.
  • Crystal, I baked them at 375 and set the timer for 8 minutes. I was right on top of them b/c I didn't want them to burn. It took longer than 8 minutes, but after that I checked every 1 minute until they were just right! There really is an art to making them!
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