Easy Homemade Kale Chips Recipe (to Protect Your Thyroid!)

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Several friends have been raving to me lately about homemade kale chips, a delicious new way to enjoy your leafy greens. Now, I really don’t know if this is new or not in the grand scheme of things;  in fact, I suspect it is not new at all. There are probably folks reading this post who have been making this recipe for some time! 

Making kale chips basically involves breaking up an entire bunch of kale into 2 inch pieces, mixing them with olive oil, vinegar, and salt and then drying them out to a crisp in a warm oven for about 30 minutes.

Why are we even taking the time to make kale chips, you may ask?  Isn’t kale great to eat raw in a green smoothie?

Actually, the answer is no, kale is not a good choice for eating raw. Kale is a cruciferous vegetable, and as such, contains goitgrogens that actively suppress the thyroid gland.  The good news is that a gentle cooking above 212 F /100 C will significantly reduce the goitrogens (source), so you can enjoy your kale with reduced downside risk.   If you already suffer from thyroid disorders, you may choose to avoid cruciferous veggies altogether, and that is, of course, your choice based on your personal situation.

However, in the context of a traditional, iodine rich diet, cooked cruciferous veggies like kale are a healthy choice.

I realize that there are folks reading this who will scoff at the recommendation to cook kale. I would suggest to those who are really into the green smoothie fad that blowing out your thyroid is not a great idea. Whatever small amounts of nutrition are lost by the gentle cooking of kale is more than made up for in the additional protection to this delicate, butterfly shaped gland in your neck.

You don’t want to do ANYTHING that messes with your thyroid. This little gland is very hard to fix once it goes on the fritz. Protect it at all costs!

Homemade Kale Chips

I should mention that I was skeptical of this recipe at first, as I really do not like kale at all.  But, I trusted my friends and gave it a go anyway. I must say that after making kale chips, they really are delicious.

Another great thing about this kale chips recipe is that it includes olive oil.   Fat eaten with your veggies increases nutrient absorption considerably.

If any of you have made this easy kale chips recipe with different herbs and spices, please comment so that all of us can benefit from the variations you have discovered!

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Homemade Kale Chips Recipe

Easy recipe for homemade kale chips that preserves the nutrients and reduces the potential for thyroid damage from the goitrogenic substances in this popular leafy green vegetable.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 20 kcal
Author Sarah

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Strip leaves from stems in approximately 2 inch pieces. Rinse and dry thoroughly.

    rinsing kale leaves
  2. Place kale pieces in a large ziplock bag and pour dressing over them. Close bag tightly.  Massage dressing into the kale pieces for 1-2 minutes.

    coat kale leaves with sea salt, olive oil and ACV
  3. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets and bake at 300 F/ 149 C for 20-30 minutes. Turn the kale pieces for the last 10 minutes to make sure both sides are thoroughly dried out and crisp.

    baked kale chips
  4. Yum!  The crunchiness is what makes this recipe, in my opinion.   Kale chips would be an awesome, grain free addition to salads for that bit of crunchiness without any croutons!

    homemade kale chips in bowl

Recipe Notes

I used red kale for this recipe, but any type of kale works great!

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Kale Chips Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 20 Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.65g 3%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 0.5g 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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