Getting my kids to eat healthy starts with getting their hands to help in the kitchen. Kale chips are such a great healthy alternative to potato chips and are so delicious! When my daughter helps me cook, she is always more apt to try something. These kale chips didn't need much convincing...they are a winner in my kids' eyes!
How we did it:
- 1 bunch of fresh kale
- olive oil (3-4 tbs.)
- sea salt (1-2 tsp.)
Learning about food--where it comes from and how to prepare it--is a great way to teach children to make healthy food choices. On this day, we did each step together from picking the kale in our garden to snacking on them once they were done.
After getting your hands on some fresh kale, let your child rip the leaves off of the stem and place them in a large bowl to be washed. While the kids are doing this, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Once all the leaves are ready, your child can fill up the bowl with water and get the leaves nice and clean. This was a lot of fun for my kids. (Really, any kind of water play is a big hit with them.)
Next, drain the water and place the leaves onto a clean kitchen towel. Drying the leaves was pretty fun for the kids, too. Once dry, spread the kale out on a baking sheet. We filled two sheets up with our one bunch of kale.
I really wanted my daughter to participate in each step, but handing her a bottle of oil was not a good plan for us. I poured a small amount into a measuring cup and let her pour it over the kale.
This next step was pretty messy. Hands + oil sounds a bit scary, but the sink was right there so I let her go for it. After all, new textures and feelings is how she will learn and remember the steps we are doing to prepare our yummy snack.
When the kale is all coated in oil and spread out on the baking sheet, they can be sprinkled with sea salt. Emma was starting to feel like a little chef and really becoming confident with each step we completed. The kale chips are now ready for a grown up to place in the oven. These take about 10-15 minutes to cook, but keep a close eye on them; they can cook up pretty fast. You want them to be nice and crisp when they are done, but not brown.
Now for the taste test.....yummo! Both kids finished this bowl before the end of the day and we made another batch to go in school lunches that week. My kids snacking on kale--I like that!