Tuesday
Feb012011

Todays healthy food choice-Kale

Kale has the highest antioxidant level per serving of any other fruit or vegetable. Kale has exceedingly high ORACs (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, the measure of a food’s antioxidant level–the higher the ORACs, the more antioxidants the food has), and has about three times as much lutein as spinach. Eating the recommended five-a-day servings of fruits and vegetables will ring up around 1750 ORAC units, but several studies suggest that antioxidant intake be increased to between 3,000 and 5,000 ORAC units to have a significant impact on plasma and tissue antioxidant capacity. A serving of iceberg lettuce contains an ORAC value of 105, a serving of kale has a whopping 1770!
So...you know you should eat it but, it tastes like.....well....let's just say it tastes very healthy.  Bah!  Ok so here is the answer :  

Baked Kale Chips!

Ingredients
    

•    1 bunch kale-I like the very curly kind
    

•    high quality olive oil or spray olive oil
    

•    salt

Directions
    

1.    Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 
    

2.    With kitchen shears carefully cut the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. In a large bowl dizzle kale with olive oil and stir to coat.  Spread out evenly on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt.
    

3.    Place cookie sheet on center rack and set timer for 10 minutes. Check when timer goes off and stir.  It will take 5-10 more minutes.  Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, and kale is very crispy.


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