How to Make Kale Chips
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Remove thick stems from kale leaves. Tear into pieces and place into a large mixing bowl. Toss with salt and oil.
3) Spread evenly onto a baking sheet.
4) Bake 10-15 minutes, until brown but not burnt.
Optionally garnish with ground coriander or sesame seeds.
How Can Kale Chips Make You Feel Great?
If you've got the munchies for something crunchy, Kale delivers. Kale chips are a refreshing treat to wake up your taste buds and satisfy your craving for a light, crunchy snack. The secret to vibrant Kale dishes is in the preparation! With a little salt and olive oil for garnish, this snappy alternative to potato chips offers improved satisfaction and a fuller spectrum of flavor than traditional chips.
Kale redeems your crunchy cravings. The desire for something cripsy is often pigeon-holed as an unwelcome temptation. Far from it, craving a crunch is very natural in the spring, a soggy time of year. Most naturally crunchy foods, like Kale and celery, are quite healthy. Don't blame your body, or fight with it over these cravings. Processed crunchy foods, like most conventional chips, are the real culprit.
The stimulating bitterness of kale breaks up stagnant, thick, winter blood, improving your circulation. Kapha and Pitta benefit the most from this snack, while the drying quality of kale can dry out Vata if eaten too often.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CLEAR
The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PUNGENT
The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALKALIZING
Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PRANA
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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add garlic powder for more intense flavor
Add some wild garlic leaves that are found at this time of esrly Spring and bake them with the kale.
Sara North Yorkshire England
Chips are much cheaper. Kale is expensive, as is olive oil.
Be careful what you feed your temple, I read that potato chips contribute to cellulite.
Also, I am surprised kale is expensive in CA. Using healthy olive oil may be more expensive, but your health is your first wealth. Splurge on yourself
One bunch is $1.29 on the east coast and that's more than enough for the recipe. Just drizzle olive oil over it and toss with your hands to distribute oil, 1 tbsp. or less will do the trick. Tasty kale chips are superior to any chip on the market.
- Shelly Paradis, Virginia beach, VA 03-25-14
Love kale chips! 1 bunch of organic kale is $1.29 in the Bay Area (CA), so it's not terribly expensive. Although, a bunch won't get you a whole lot of chips, but even 2 bunches at $2.60 is worth it! Thanks for another super Joyful Belly recipe! :-)
Rather than olive oil, I use pumpkin seed oil, gives a little nutty flavour..
Cathy, Ontario Canada
This is so delicious and healthy.
If Kale is too expensive grow your own it's dead easy to cultivate and likes the chilly weather of early spring and late winter. It's good in pots too. Excellent recipe for people who don't like the flavorings in store bought Kale chips and want something simpler.