AIP Cheesy Garlic Kale Chips Recipe
Nothing against kale salads, but it is perhaps best enjoyed baked to a crisp. Make this AIP cheesy garlic kale chips recipe any time you get a craving for something salty.
Health Benefits of Kale
You know how there’s always that one person in your circle who always seems to be plugging the latest superfood?
If you don’t, you are probably that person. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.
Kale has been around for a while, so it’s not the trendy food it once was. However, its high density of nutrients has remained the same, so if anything this recipe is a great reminder to get more kale into your diet.
Here’s why you should:
- It’s got lots of fiber. Fiber helps you feel full and helps keep your blood sugar steady.
- Kale is also a pretty solid source of iron. Many women are low on iron, so definitely hit the kale chips if you struggle in this department.
- This veggie is also high in antioxidants, which can help protect you against disease by battling free radicals in your body.
- Kale also has a high amount of lutein, which helps to keep your eyes healthy. It’s easy to take your vision for granted, but we should do what we can to protect it!
- Kale contains high amounts of vitamins K, A, and C, as well as manganese and copper.
- This cruciferous vegetable also has admirable amounts of calcium, which as you know is important for healthy bones and teeth.
Varieties of Kale
Did you know that not all kale is created equal? Don’t fuss about it too much – all of them are good for you, but here are some distinctions.
Curly kale is what you’ll often see at the grocery store. It’s got the frilly edges and tastes pretty mild.
Lacinato kale, or dinosaur kale as some refer to it, has rumpled leaves that are vaguely similar to a reptile. It’s flat and lacks the frill of curly kale.
Ornamental kale can have bright pinks or purples in the center. It looks pretty, although it’s probably not the most delicious kale as it’s fairly coarse.
Chinese kale is often subbed for broccoli. It’s flat with thicker stems.
AIP Snack Attack
When the afternoon rolls around you may find yourself in that common dilemma – your stomach is growling, you’re cranky, and you know that food would help.
But you may not have any AIP-friendly foods on hand, and you don’t want to spoil your appetite for dinner anyway.
This particular snack isn’t exactly portable, but I know of plenty that you can make ahead and carry around more easily.
Here is my best list of AIP snack recipes. Make these, and you’ll always be prepared for when the snack attack hits!
- 3.5 oz (98 g) of kale
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon (8 g) of nutritional yeast
- Dash of garlic powder
- Preheat the oven to 390°F (200°C).
- Put kale in a large bowl and drizzle olive oil over the bowl. Coat the kale evenly in the oil.
- Lay kale evenly on a large baking tray.
- Bake for 4-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Sprinkle nutritional yeast and garlic on top.
- Serve warm.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 95
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 4 g