Sunday, January 10, 2010

Krunchy Kale

While in Courtenay, Gerhard's mom, in an attempt to subdue our post-skiing appetites, produced a bag of kale. But not just any bag of kale ... this leafy green had been dehydrated, and seasoned: the healthy answer to potato chips. It. was. delicious.

Naturally, I asked for directions on how to make this miracle snack. It couldn't be easier. Make up a seasoning ... I was eager to try and didn't have any raw soya sauce so it wasn't a completely raw foods snack, but that's easily fixed next time I'm at The Big Carrot.

Anyway, make up a seasoning: put some soya sauce and water in a bowl, dip each leaf and arrange in your dehydrator (115F of course, or else it's not considered "raw"). Come back after enough time has elasped to crisp the kale stems (about 4 hours).

The best part? Seeing my homemade snack at the grocery store in $7.00 packages (for half as many chips!) -- mine cost no more than a head of kale.

Kale benefits: '
  • IN SEASON mid winter ... so the best is just around the corner!
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as kale are cancer fighters: breast and ovarian, but also lung, colon and bladder
  • Free-radical fighter: It's an antioxidant!
  • Protect your eyes: "kale is well known for its carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids act like sunglass filters and prevent damage to the eyes from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light." (from
  • Excellent source of vitamin A (again, good for your eyes and also your lungs)
  • Vitamin C for your immune system
  • Protects against Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Very good source of fibre
  • Calcium, without the fat from cows' milk
  • Vitamin E, for your brain!


1 comment:

  1. I love this stuff too! It doesn't sound appealing to most people but it's surprisingly tasty. I just use salt or sometime add nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavour (vegan nerd here) and yum!