Why lemons? Lemons help break down the bitter after tones of kale in addition to their delicious zesty flavor. Lemons are an excellent element of detox to the body. In addition to their vitamin C content, many citrus fruits have been found helpful in reducing the risk of some chronic diseases such as arthritis. Out of lemons? Simply omit the sweetener and try oranges instead.
Ginger has been used for centuries for it unique taste and health benefits. This powerful spice has been proven very effective in soothing the digestive tract which in turn helps fight that annoying bloated feeling. Studies have also shown that ginger is far superior to over the counter medicine in reducing the symptoms of motion sickness. The anti-inflammatory compounds found in ginger are believed to help reduce the pain of those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Food should help you thrive, not constrain you to death.
Lemon and Ginger Kale Chips
1 large bunch organic kale, washed and torn
juice of two large lemons
1 tbs raw agave or honey
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp fresh ginger, finely grated
1/4 tsp sea salt
Combine all the flavor ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Pour the dressing over the kale then toss and massage to combine. ( I tasted one to make sure I do not need more agave or ginger.) Leave the kale in the refrigerator to marinate for about 1 - 5 hours (this is optional, but recommended.)
Arrange the kale on lined dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 115F degrees for about 8 hours or until crisp. Enjoy!