Best Kale Chips Ever!

Best Kale Chips Ever!

 

Have you tried kale chips yet?  If not, what have you ben waiting for?  I am proud to say that my spicy kale chips have won over even the most hardcore kale skeptics based on their taste.

I dare you to serve these at your next gathering without converting a few friends into kale chip lovers :).

Since kale chips have been becoming more popular, they’re popping up in stores all over the place.  While I was doing research for this post, I took a look at some of those fancy kale chips sold at health food stores.  They have all kinds of flavours that sound just like potato chip flavours – salt and vinegar, ranch, nacho cheese, honey mustard, barbecue…  I’d never tried store bought kale chips before, and the thought of salt and vinegar kale chips sounded pretty cool (I love sea salt and malt vinegar chips ….).

I was going to experiment with some potato chip sounding flavours.  So a tried a sample of the salt and vinegar kale chips, and I was really disappointed.

They didn’t taste like salt and vinegar chips, and they didn’t taste anything like kale, or my simple and delicious homemade kale chips.
So I scrapped the idea of experimenting with fancy kale chip flavours and decided to share with you my tried and true spicy kale chip recipe!

Whether you’ve tried and enjoy store bought kale chips or not, I encourage you to try making your own for three reasons.

1. It’s so much less expensive!

Store bought kale chips can cost $7.00 for about 100g, and you can get almost twice the amount if you make your own with one bunch of fresh organic kale at a cost of only $3.

2. Better quality ingredients

I’m not trying to bash all store bought kale chips, and they certainly can be more healthy than regular potato chips, but here’s a comparison of store bought kale chips that were on promotion at Whole Foods vs. homemade kale chips.  I was really surprised that the store bought ones contained sugar and milk!  Check it out for yourself.
Store boughtkale, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, dehydrated cane syrup, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, seasoning (vinegar powder, rice flour, sea salt, lactose (milk), malic acid, citric acid, potato syrup solids, sugar) himalayan pink salt
Homemadeorganic kale, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt/himalayan pink salt, cayenne pepper
Which ones sound better to you?

3. They taste way better!

Don’t just take my word for it.  Try making a batch yourself and let me know in the comments below what you think.

Spicy Kale Chip Ingredients and Benefits

Kale

We all know by now that kale is a health superstar, but here’s some interesting facts that you may not have known.

  • Contains more iron per calorie than beef
  • Contains more calcium per calorie than milk
  • A great source of Vitamin K which promotes bone health
  • Is anti-inflammatory with a good source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C for immune system support

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

A monounsaturated fat that’s been associated with the healthy Mediterranean diet and has loads of health promoting benefits.

  • Decreased risk of heart disease
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Promotes healthy digestion
  • Improved brain function.

Himalayan Pink Salt

You can substitute sea salt, which I normally use, but I decided to try pink himalayan salt which is is super awesome!  Not even on the same category as table salt, which is highly processed, stripped of all it’s nutrients and includes additives like aluminum (scary!).
Pink himalayan salt is found in the Himalayan mountains, protected from pollutants that are even found in our seas, and contain all the same 84 trace elements that are found in the human body.  Here’s just a few of the benefits.

  • Promotes healthy sleep patterns
  • Increases hydration
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Increases circulation
  • Detoxifies the body of heavy metals
  • Supports a healthy libido

Cayenne Pepper

Besides giving your kale chips a nice spicy kick, cayenne pepper is also a powerful medicinal herb with some amazing health benefits.

  • A well know digestive aid that can help improve metabolism and relieve intestinal gas
  • Promotes heart health by helping to normalize blood pressure levels
  • Can help ease upset stomachs, sore throats and coughs

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch of organic kale
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Himalayan pink salt or sea salt – sprinkling to suit your tastes
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper – or adjust to taste

Directions

  • Tear kale from stems and tear into small pieces
  • Wash and spin dry
  • Add dry kale to a large mixing bowl
  • Add olive oil and massage through the kale with bare hands.  Take your time and really mix it in good until all the kale is covered.
  • Sprinkle the himalayan pink salt and cayenne pepper, and mix it with your hands
  • Place kale on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer
  • Bake in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 2 hours

Important Tips

  • At first you may think you need more olive oil, but don’t add more!  Trust me as I’ve made that mistake before and ended up with soggy kale chips.  Not good!  Once you massage it in well, you’ll see that it’s enough.
  • You may see recipes that call for cooking at higher temperatures for shorter periods of time, but the lower the temperature, the more the precious nutrients are maintained.  Plus, it’s easier not to overcook and end up with burnt kale chips.  Not good either!

I know you will love these spicy kale chips.  And as always, please experiment with other spices for flavouring, and share in the comments below what you come up with and how it turned out!

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About Leanne Weaver

About Leanne Weaver

Holistic Nutritionist & Founder of Radiant Botanics

Leanne is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Iridologist, Reiki Level 2 practitioner and wellness speaker and writer.  She has spent 20 years in the corporate world as an engineer and project manager while pursuing her true passion—holistic wellness. What started as an interest in green smoothies and wellness turned into a dedicated, life-changing journey.

She is a First Class Honours graduate of the Toronto Institute of Holistic Nutrition and founder of Radiant Botanics,  a line of chakra-based spiritual skincare that combines natural ingredients with intentional affirmations.

She desires to help people feel radically, radiantly healthier and happier. 

Leanne resides in Mississauga, Ontario with her dog Bailey. They enjoy hiking on the weekends, kayaking, stand up paddling, and remaining present.

Are Your Beauty Products Messing with Your Hormones?

Are Your Beauty Products Messing with Your Hormones?

 

Hello Radiant Beauties!

Did you know that endocrine disrupting chemicals are pretty common in skin and beauty products these days?  Probably.  But do you know what endocrine disruptors are?  Maybe you’ve heard the term but not really sure what it means or what products these bad boys are in, and how to avoid them.

Well you’re in luck my friends.  I’m here to help demystify!  Endocrine disrupting or hormone disruptive chemicals are sneaky little guys that lurk in many beauty and household products.  Because they are similar in structure to our hormones,  they can mess with the natural functions of our hormones by modifying, turning off, or turning on the signals of our hormones.

The endocrine system refers to the organs and glands that secrete hormones.  Our hormones are so important to overall health!  They regulate all the functions that help keep your body in balance, including optimal metabolism, brain and nerve function, proper growth and development, our reproductive systems, and body energy levels.

Here’s just some of the potential health problems associated with these chemicals.

  • Reproductive and developmental effects
  • Neurological, behavioural and cognitive imbalance
  • Effects on stress by messing with the thyroid and adrenal glands.

For a complete list of the 12 worst endocrine disruptors and what products to find them in, check out this list by EWG.
But for today, I’m going to focus on phalates and parabens.

Phthalates

Phthalates are a scary bunch!  They can trigger cells in our body to die prematurely, and there’s been studies to show the’ve been linked specifically to early death in testicular cells.  Yikes! Other studies have linked them to lower sperm count, obesity, diabetes, and thyroid irregularities. (Reference)

In addition to plastic food containers and children’s toys, palates are commonly found in personal care products including nail polish, hair sprays, aftershave lotions, soaps, shampoos and perfumes.

Unfortunalely, phthalates can be hidden under the perfum or fragrance ingredient, and they’re also that may be listed with a CI number.

Parabens

Parabens appear to increase the risk of breast cancer (Reference), and can cause hormonal related issues such as increasing PMS symptoms, hormonal weight gain and hormonal acne.

They’re found in products such as deodorants and antiperspirants, toothpaste, lotions and sunscreens, and cosmetics.

So Now What?

I’m not telling you all this stuff to scare you, but to make you aware.  Every little thing we do reduce our toxic burden helps!  So whatever you do, don’t stress about it.  And remember that our bodies are designed to naturally detoxify harmful substances from our bodies.  It’s when we become overloaded that problems start to occur.

So just be aware when you’re shopping.  Read the labels.  Look for healthier options.  Or make your own!

There’s so many beauty and personal care products that are simple to make yourself, and way more effective than most store bought brands.

DIY Body Scrubs

DIY Scrubs are an amazing way to clean up your beauty routine, not to mention your health.  And you will save money and feel so much better knowing EXACTLY what is in your products, and how beneficial they are for you.  

Here’s a recipe for a cool coffee body scrub, but I encourage you to modify the recipe to come up with your own creations.  Just substitute the coffee/brown sugar with any combination of sugar and salt, maybe add some pure essential oils for a simple scrub to suit your tastes or mood!  But please, no fragranced oils.  That would defeat the whole purpose.

Coffee Body Scrub

Coffee is actually great for your skin!

Here are some of the benefits.

  • Source of antioxidants that can be absorbed through your skin
  • Has an astringent effect that can help tone and even out your skin
  • Has also been said to reduce cellulite!

And what better way to wake up in the morning then the smell of coffee in the shower!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or carrier oil of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp sea salt or epsom salt

Directions

  • You may want to soften the coconut oil a little bit.  Then simply mix all ingredients in a bowl, then transfer to an airtight container.  Easy peasy!

You can get some great glass containers at a dollar store, or small mason jars work great too.
For more DIY beauty products, be sure to check out my other posts.

As always, I love hearing your questions and feedback in the comments section so please let me know what you think!
And if you liked this post i’d be super grateful if you’d share on social media using the links below.

Lots of love and gratitude,
Leanne
xox

About Leanne Weaver

About Leanne Weaver

Holistic Nutritionist & Founder of Radiant Botanics

Leanne is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Iridologist, Reiki Level 2 practitioner and wellness speaker and writer.  She has spent 20 years in the corporate world as an engineer and project manager while pursuing her true passion—holistic wellness. What started as an interest in green smoothies and wellness turned into a dedicated, life-changing journey.

She is a First Class Honours graduate of the Toronto Institute of Holistic Nutrition and founder of Radiant Botanics,  a line of chakra-based spiritual skincare that combines natural ingredients with intentional affirmations.

She desires to help people feel radically, radiantly healthier and happier. 

Leanne resides in Mississauga, Ontario with her dog Bailey. They enjoy hiking on the weekends, kayaking, stand up paddling, and remaining present.

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