Foodie Tuesday – Kale Chips!


Hello all, and welcome back to Foodie Tuesdays!!

Hope you’re hungry, because today we have an appetizing appetizer for you.  Kale chips are a fun and tasty snack that take minutes to make.  And they look great as an appetizer for a Thanksgiving Dinner.  Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is a good source of folate (the name for folic acid when found in foods).  Usually when you cook kale on the stove a lot of the nutrients are lost because folate breaks down with water.  This recipe uses no water, and bakes the kale in the oven.  That way, less of the vitamins are lost during cooking.  Besides the nutrition benefits, they are seriously delicious.  Try them once, and you’ll be hooked!  Bring kale chips to your holiday potluck and you’ll be the star of the meal.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of kale, any kind (There are many kinds of kale, including dino kale, russian kale, and purple kale. All of these work really well and usually only cost $1-2)

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  De-stem kale and cut or tear into small pieces.  Drizzle with olive oil and add salt.  Toss so that each piece is lightly coated.  Spread pieces evenly on baking sheets.  Make sure none overlap.  Bake for 5-10 minutes, checking often.  Chips are ready when they are crispy but not burnt.  Enjoy!

Serving suggestions: Experiment with different spices!  Instead of salt, try garlic powder, cumin, or cayenne pepper for kick!

Foodie Tuesday – Strawberry Summer


Happy June Everybody!

The Go Folic! team was out and about this weekend soakin’ up some sun and handin’ out some vitamins at the Mo’ Magic Health Fair in the Western Addition.  The hot and sunny weekend weather was the perfect inspiration for today’s Foodie Tuesday recipe – Strawberry Banana Smoothies!  And yup, you guessed it, strawberries are a good source of folate, the type of folic acid found in food.

Today’s recipe comes from a great cookbook for teens from the Calfornia Department of Health.  It’s  filled with fast meals and quick snacks that are easy to prepare and delicious to eat.  You can dowload the whole recipe book here.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup Low-fat yogurt

1 cup Pineapple juice

3 whole Ice cubes, crushed

5 medium Strawberries

1 medium Banana, peeled

*Hint* You can crush the ice cubes in a plastic bag using a rollig pin or hammer to tap the ice cubes.  Try not to pound the ice cubes, as that will tear the plastic bag.

Directions:   

Place all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until mixture is smooth.  Garnish with a strawberry on the rim of the glass.  Enjoy!

Makes one serving.  Double the amount and share with a friend on a hot day!