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Simply Kale Chips

Simply Kale Chips

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Prep Time: 4 hrs soak time + 30 min.    Cook Time: 13 hrs.    Servings: 12

Equipment Needs: Blender or Food Processor, Dehydrator

Hail to the Kale, a superfood that has been rocking the scene. Did you know Kale is excellent for pregnancy and toddlers? Here's a simple kale chip recipe that can be adapted to add any flavouring your heart desires. A great snack idea to take with you when you're on the go.

Ingredients:

 3 Bunches of Organic Kale

2 1/2 Cups of Raw Organic Cashews

1 1/4 Cups of Good Quality Clean Water

1 Clove of Garlic

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Onion Powder

Sea Salt & Pepper to Taste

Directions:

1. Place cashews in a bowl & fill until water covers them. Set aside and let soak for 4+ hours.

2. After the cashews have soaked, drain the water, place in a food processor or blender

3. Add 1/2 the water listed above and the remaining ingredients.

4. Blend on high, stopping to add water until mixture resembles a very thick soup. May go a little over the water requirements in the ingredients. Set mixture aside.

5. Cut the vein from each leaf of kale, tear into large sized pieces, then wash. (Tip: save the veins for juicing)

6. Place the cashew mixture and kale in a large bowl. Generously coat each torn leaf of kale with the cashew mixture and arrange on food dehydrator trays with enough room for air flow between them.

7. Dehydrate for 13 hours at 135°F 

8. Enjoy your healthy snack!

What Makes These Ingredients So Good?

Kale

A great choice for pregnancy because it is super high in vitamins K, A, and C, which are all great for blood building and boosting your immune system. Kale also contains Omega-3 Fatty Acids; uber important fats for your growing little baby bump. Kale is a complete protein, supplying 2.2g of protein per 1 cup serving. So yes, hail to the kale, one of my favourite super foods.

Cashews

These milky little nuts are a favourite of vegetarian/vegans because they are great for making a cheese replacement. They are full of good healthy fats to ensure a healthy baby and mom during pregnancy. Cashews also contain magnesium, which will help stave off the terrible leg cramping that sometimes occurs during pregnancy.

Turmeric

Just small amounts of this deliciously yellow spice has amazing anti-inflammatory properties which will be of great help for many pregnancy symptoms. 

Blender, Food Processor, & Dehydrator Recommendations

Food Processors

Making kale chips does require a few gadgets in the kitchen. First a food processor, which for me is one of the most important tools I use. A good quality food processor cuts down prep time  so you have more time to spend with the kids or hubby. My favourite brand is KitchenAid and this 7-cup model is a great price, although the bowl is a little small. If you would like a more super duty food processor, the 13 cup model may be for you. 

Blenders

Many people choose to use a blender instead and the Vitamix is the creme de la creme of the blender world. It is a little expensive, but well worth the cost. If you are going to fork over the moolah, then I would choose the Professional Series. You don't need to go that expensive with a blender though, KitchenAid makes a great product. Their 5 Speed Blender has been working great for me for the last 6 years.

Food Dehydrator

I highly recommend purchasing a food dehydrator if you're looking at making healthy snacks for you and your kids. This method of preserving takes a little bit of your time, but is well worth it. You will save money and boost the nutrient value of your family's snacks. The Excaliber 3900 is a top notch dehydrator and has a temperature adjustment, which most dehydrators do not come with. There is plenty of room with 9 trays for all your dehydrating needs.

Final Notes

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Love & Happiness,

Krystal Bernier, Holistic Nutritionist

References:

Worlds Healthiest Foods

Baby Bump Diary: Week 21

Baby Bump Diary: Week 21

Warning: You May Be At Risk For Pregnancy Related Anemia

Warning: You May Be At Risk For Pregnancy Related Anemia