So I have heard tons of people raving about how awesome Kale chips are. I know that a lot of my friends really like Kale and I’ve just never tried it. Before I went on my diet, I just didn’t eat a lot of fresh vegetables or fruits. But I’ve been working hard to branch out and to try new things- because you just never know when you might find something that you love!
That being said- I wouldn’t say that I love these chips. They’re good, for sure- but not as awesome as real potato chips. The more you eat, the better they taste. But I think that’s because I’m not familiar with the taste of kale and wasn’t really sure exactly what was going to come out when I made them. I think I expected a different taste. I’m going to try this over again with spinach leaves. Because I know I love spinach leaves.
At any rate- they’re low calorie. 105 calories for two cups of leaves plus what they are tossed in. I definitely suggest that anyone who is on a diet or who is trying to find alternative snacks give it a try. You might love it. I think I’ll learn to love them after I eat them more often.
You need a bunch of kale and some Italian dressing. I use Kraft Light Zesty Italian Dressing because it’s only 25 calories for two tablespoons of dressing. Pull the leaves off of the stems of the kale- I used about half the bunch. It is roughly two cups of leaves. Make sure they’re bite sized if you yank bigger leaves. Pour two-three tablespoons of the dressing in a bowl. Toss the leaves for an even coat. Bake at 300 degrees for about 15-20 minutes- or until the leaves are dry and crispy. Then devour!
Don’t those just look scrumptious? I think they do, And they are, if that matters to anyone at all. These are a new favorite of mine for breakfast. It makes 3-5 pancakes (depending on how you pour) that are about five inches in diameter. The calorie total for just the pancakes is 209. When I added syrup and the strawberries it was only 271 calories total. An excellent number considering how good these are and how filling. 16 grams of protein, too! (From the eggs.)
- 2oz of 1/3 Fat Cream Cheese (or whatever you prefer)
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp granulated sugar (or truvia/splenda/etc.)
- Get a non-stick pan hot and ready to go!
- Blend together all of the ingredients. I actually used a blender for this- I found it to be easiest.
- Pour onto the pan in small amounts. It will create a very thin pancake- much like a crêpe.
- Cook as you would a regular pancake. Flip it when the bottom is brown. Then cook the other side.
- Top with topping of your choice! For syrup, I like to put it in a small condiment dish and dip it, I use less syrup that way. Though I definitely suggest fruit. Strawberries are great. You can roll the pancake around a strawberry slice and it’s heavenly.
I lost my hosting for my website, and my pictures went out along with it. I’m going to periodically go through and re-upload and re-add pictures to some entries. Also I am going to start posting new entries! I’ve been doing some more cooking lately- mostly healthier recipes- that I’ll be sharing.