The holidays have been wreaking havoc on my diet. With holiday parties and fun holiday cooking in my kitchen, I have not been eating as well as I’d like! To get back to feeling in a tip-top shape, I am incorporating more raw food meals into my and the hubby’s rotation! Whenever I eat raw, I feel so amazing; more energy and a better mood!
One of my favorite raw snacks is “cheezy” kale chips. These are addicting, but totally good for you!
Raw Cheezy Kale Chips
1 cup cashews, soaked in water for two hours
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast (available in most health food stores)
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink crystal salt
Juice of 1 lemon
2 bunches green kale – either dino or lactino
Put all ingredients except the kale into a food processor or blender and blend until completely smooth.
Tear the spine out of each kale leaf, keeping each half of the leaf as intact as you can (as this will make cutting it into chips much easier).
Stack a bunch of the leafs together, and then cut them into bite sized pieces, using either kitchen shears or a sharp knife.
Dump all of the kale chips into a large bowl, add the sauce, and then mix it well with your hands, gently squeezing and massaging the sauce into the kale chips until all of the chips are well coated.
Lay the chips out in single layers – without the chips touching – on Teflex sheets, or parchment paper, on your dehydrator trays, and dehydrate them at 105 overnight. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can bake them at 325 until crispy (usually 20-40 minutes, check every ten minutes).