Fancy healthy chips? Crunchy Curly Kale!

This past week I have been turning fruit into gummies, cashew butter into cookies, coconut milk into yoghurt and vegetables into chips!

I love dehydrating foods and here are just a few reasons why!

FLAVOUR

During dehydration the flavours get more concentrated. This is especially noticeable when dehydrating fruit.

PRACTICALITY

Let’s be honest. Dehydration offers something different in the healthy snack category.

My daughter loves her fruit rolls which I have prepared in about 10 different variations, for tomorrow it’s raw cookies on the menu!

These types of snacks are also obviously easy to bring with you on a day out.

FOLLOW THE SEASON

“Follow the season” is what my grandfather used to say. Buy in season, it is healthier, ethical and usually cheaper. If you buy more fruit or vegetables than you should, no worries, you can transform all that fresh goodness into dehydrated versions and save more money in the process. With me it’s usually the case with berries. Oh and without the nasties. You know, added sugars, preservatives and such.

EASY PEASY

Food dehydration is truly simple!  No gadgets to put together and dismantle, minimal washing required to keep it clean. What’s not to love?

NUTRITIOUS

This is the part I like. If you use low temperatures, dehydrated foods don’t lose their nutritional goodness, making them particularly useful when it comes to preparing snacks.  The last time I checked healthy snacks on a supermarket shelf, the choice was pretty poor.

KALE CHIPS

Today’s recipe is so easy and healthy and best of all most kids love it!

Curly kale, a member of the cabbage family, has distinctive dark green leaves which are rather tough and fibrous.

While there are several ways to cook this superfood, the most popular way in my family is dehydrating it, because it magically turns into chips!

 

Why curly kale?

Curly kale is a precious food containing a lot of fibre.

It is also rich in nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium.

Curly kale is rich in vitamin C and iron, calcium, vitamin K and vitamin A, essential for the health of the eyes and skin. This important nutritional profile makes this food an essential ingredient for our immune system and our metabolism.

 

Natural Anti-cancer Properties

Another precious substance contained in this veg, as well as in other plants belonging to the cruciferous family, is sulforaphane. Studies have shown that this valuable phytochemical helps to fight the formation of tumours at  molecular level. [Find study1 here]  [Find study2 here]