{RECIPE} Spicy Garlic Kale Chips

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I was asked by Naked Juice to share how our family stays healthy and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

As I've mentioned a lot in my blog posts, I am a huge fan of the farmer's market, so I tend to buy a lot of our family's fruits and vegetables there. While my husband, David, and I eat a ton of vegetables, I must admit my daughter is not always a fan. :( One solution I've come up with is to buy her smoothies. That way, when she refuses to eat anything fresh and green, I know real nutrition is still getting into her body.

So when Naked Juice asked us to try the Strawberry Banana and Mighty Mango flavors, I did not have to convince my daughter to taste test. Strawberry Banana is actually her favorite flavor so she was very happy to help. We'd never tried the Mighty Mango before, and if you like mango, you will love this variety because it's got some serious mango punch.

One thing we also tried, was freezing the smoothie into ice cubes and putting a few ice cubes into a glass of sparking water. It definitely added nice fruit flavor, but was not too overpowering. It's definitely worth a try if you're looking for a little sweetness in your sparking water.

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Now on to the kale chips... My husband and I LOVE these and can devour them like potato chips. If you haven't made them before you are in for a treat. (Even my daughter will eat these on occasion).

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SPICY GARLIC KALE CHIPS

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Wash the kale, and remove the stems. Tear the leaves into 2 inch pieces, and put them in a bowl. Add the olive oil, and mix until the kale is lightly coated. I like to mix with my hands, especially with curly kale so I can really make sure each piece gets a complete coating.

Spread the kale evenly on a cookie sheet that is covered with a Silpat or parchment paper. I usually cook it in two batches so the kale isn't too crowded on the pan. Sprinkle the salt and chili powder over the top. I'll taste a little piece of the raw kale to check the seasoning, and adjust as needed.

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Bake for 10 minutes and then check on it. Small pieces, or pieces that are in more contact with the pan can cook more quickly. Remove any pieces that are done. They should be light, crispy, and just starting to brown around the edges. Cook for an additional couple minutes until the rest crisps up.

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Hide a little extra for yourself because, I promise, these will be gone quick.

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Naked Juice is worth its weight in good! There's a pound of fruit in every bottle. Naked Juice has partnered with charity Wholesome Wave to improve access to fresh produce in communities across the country. You can help by visiting www.nakedjuice.com/gooddeeds. For every coupon downloaded, 1 LB of fresh produce will go to an underserved community, up to 100,000 pounds.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Naked Juice via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Naked Juice.

 

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