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I was inspired to make a version of baked kale chips after seeing them in my friend Diane’s new book Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle which is full of amazing tips and photos. I spent hours reading her great new book and I could not put it down. It has great advice for all the people in your family who may be dealing with health conditions like arthritis, IBS, thyroid problems, MS, and more. It is a wonderful gift for the people in your life who “should try paleo” but you do not know how to approach them. How about giving them a beautiful book that breaks down the lifestyle into practical and manageable steps.
Lots of people always ask me about what snacks to eat on paleo or low carb diet. These chips are perfect because they won’t spike your blood sugar or break the bank like the fancy store bought ones. Kale is much easier to digest than chips or pretzels and it won’t add notches on your belt. I think it tastes even better than popcorn!
Preheat your oven to 350. Wash kale and pull it off of the hardy stem into bite sized pieces. I like to use my OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner to get it clean and dry. Get an oven safe pan and spread out the kale evenly. Add 2 Tbsp of the coconut oil on top. Sprinkle Seasonello over the kale. Put it into the oven for 10 minutes. Pull it out and toss with tongs to make sure all the kale is covered with oil. Put it back into the oven for about 10 more minutes. When it is crispy feel free to eat it right away (or save it if you can control yourself).
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- Protective against heart disease because it decreases belly fat stores when eaten in place of vegetable oils
- Decreases inflammation associated with too much consumption of common rancid vegetable oils- such as soybean, corn, and canola oils
- Increases HDL, the “good cholesterol”
- In countries where coconut makes up 30% to 60% of the calories in the diet they have no cardiovascular disease
- Coconut is a main food of Thailand where cancer rates are half that of 50 other countries in a study done by the National Cancer Institute
- Coconut oil has no cholesterol
- Coconut oil has immune boosting healing powers such as killing candida/yeast, parasites, and fungi
- Anti-viral properties have been used in HIV treatment
- A healthy fat that is safe for cooking at high temperatures because it will not cause oxidation/ free radicals
- If eaten as 40% of caloric intake, coconut oil protects the liver from fatty liver disease caused by corn oil, canola oil, soybean oils and alcohol consumption
- Needed for calcium and magnesium absorption
- A great source of zinc, selenium, copper, and manganese
- Coconut oil is converted by the body into the hormone pregnenolone (usually very depleted by stress in most people)
- A main source of lauric acid- an essential fat, which is a critical component of breast milk- meaning it is nature’s perfect food
- Lauric Acid is vital to our health as an antimicrobial agent because it fights harmful parasites, viruses, and bacteria in our body
- Mostly made of medium chain (over 65%) fatty acids which are readily used for energy not stored as fat
- Coconut oil increases thermogenesis, the rate that the body burns calories
- Easily digested requiring no pancreatic juices
How to Purchase: Buy organic virgin coconut oil from Whole Foods or Tropical Traditions.com. It is very shelf stable and can be heated to high temperatures. Also coconut water is a very replenishing source of electrolytes during an illness or post workout. It is best straight from a young coconut, usually found at Asian markets. Coconut milk makes a wonderful dairy substitute, as well as perfect curries or in coffee and tea. This brand can be found in cans without toxic BPA linings. You can also eat coconut meat in shreds, just be sure it is organic and unsweetened. Find great coconut products here