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Raw salt and lemon kale crisps for a super-healthy snack

29 Aug

raw salt and vinegar crisps with lots of vitamins and minerals

I love salt and vinegar flavoured crisps with a passion but haven’t indulged for years and to be honest – I miss them – a lot. I did try Inspiral Café’s dehydrated kale from Planet Organic but at £3.65 for a small tub it wasn’t ever going to make for an everyday snack nor feed my rabid addiction.  So imagine my delight when my clever friend Laura sent me this recipe for lemon kale crisps on elana’s pantry website.  Elana cooks her kale for about 10-15mins in a super hot oven.  I’ve adapted her recipe for my dehydrator and I can tell you that either way – they’re addictive and very, very, very healthy.

THE RECIPE

1 bag chopped kale

Big bowl + fresh chopped kale

Generous dollop of olive oil
Juice of 2/3 juicy lemons
Healthy pinch of salt

Into a nice big bowl, throw in the kale leaves, oil and juice and sprinkle the salt before mixing together ensuring all leaves are coated.

Place the kale in the dehydrator for 24 hours at 40 deg C to ensure all the lovely and many nutrients and enzymes remain intact.  Remember that heating above 40C denatures the enzymes and is deemed ‘cooking’.   If you are not blessed with an excalibur deluxe 9 tray as I am – just pop them on a baking tray in the oven and leave overnight on low heat…

And serve.

Checking my favourite website nutritional facts – it’s easy to see why Kale is considered one of nature’s superfoods.  It is a rich source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron,  Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, and Copper.

Also according to nutritional supplements health guide, Manganese is a largely ignored trace mineral found in tiny amounts in the body. It is however vital to just all the important functions – involved in bone formation, thyroid function, formation of connective tissues, sex hormone function, calcium absorption, blood sugar regulation, immune function and in fat and carbohydrate metabolism. So – pretty important and there’s lots of it in kale!

Salt and lemon kale crisps are absolutely my new addiction…and they’re an impressive healthy addition in school lunch boxes and fancy ladies’ lunches…

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