Ayurvedic Recipe of the Moment
Hello everyone! I recently planted kale in the garden and I am shocked at how hearty this little plant is. It has at least tripled in size since it pushed itself out of the earth. I intended on juicing most of the vegetables that I am growing, but I decided to try something different today and it turned out really good! I think that kale chips are my new favorite snack. I hope you like them too!
A Little Information About Kale
Many nutritionists consider kale to be the most nutritious vegetable among all the other green leafy vegetables in the world. One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K -- and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.
Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.
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The Recipe - Kale Chips
Kale Chips have become wildly popular over the past few years, and for good reason. They’re super easy to make, and since kale is available all year, it’s a great way to get greens into the most reluctant greens eaters! The simplest way to make them is with a dehydrator, but if you don’t have one, they can be prepared as described below and then baked in a moderate oven (300 degrees F.) until crisp. If you’re using the oven method, you need to turn them several times as they cook to allow them to dry thoroughly.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Drying Time: About 6 Hours
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