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When I did WeightWatchers, I met a lady who spent her entire points allowance every single day on chocolate. I jest not. Every day she lived off of the equivalent of four mars bars. And she lost weight. Because she ate what she fancied, but she didn't eat more than she should. Okay this is not the healthiest diet ever, but it goes to prove that you don't need to live off of low fat yogurt and lettuce leaves.
For those of you who are not au fait with the world of diet clubs, basically WW gives you x amount of points based on your current weight that you can 'spend' in any way you choose. Every food has a points value. K had 22 points, and I believe that Mars bars at the time where 5.5 points each. It's changed recently and I've not been for many years, but it's very flexible.
|...spread on a tray and stick in the oven...|
One of the other things that I know a lot of Slimming World people love is the No Point snacks. Which is quite right. There is seriously no point to them. One friend enthused long and loud about tortilla chips made from lasagne sheets. She sent me the recipe. Full of excitement I went out and bought lasagne sheets (the dried kind) especially. In one word - euuuuuw! I can't quite sum up my utter disgust at these. I think I'd rather starve all day and have a packet of Walkers Bacon Crisps than stuff my face all day with those things.
|...wonder where on earth it all went to...|
So I was torn the other day when I happened across a tweet from Mike about Kale Chips. First off, just the word sparked my curiosity but when I read it, it became one of those recipes that I just had to try out. Then I got a bit worried it would be another of those gimmicky diet foods that was trying to be something that it wasn't. I figured it might be a bit like Chinese deep fried seaweed (which I love) so decided it would be worth a go.
|...et voila! Healthy telly snacking at its best :)|
I used 100g of kale and one tsp of oil so according to MyFitnessPal.com, this works out at about 70 cals for the portion. I was a little worried that 100g would make loads for one person. But cooked kale is like spinach and after a little cooking disappears to not much at all.
And it tasted just like Chinese seaweed. But without all the deep frying bit (I looked up how to make proper Chinese seaweed by Ken Hom on the UKTV Food Website). For a more authentic taste, you could add a little sprinkling of soft brown sugar but obviously that would up the calories. It's probably also worth experimenting with other flavourings. I can imagine a few chilli flakes pepping it up nicely if that's your thing.
So a tasty recipe for a different healthy snack although it's quite expensive - the bag of kale cost £1.07 from Ocado and I would say it only serves two greedy people like me - or four if you're good at sharing. I am also a little worried that any nutritional benefit from the kale may have been destroyed by baking it - if I was really virtuous, I'd just eat a bowl of steamed kale instead. But life's too short.
The original recipe can be found here. Definitely one to give a go if you ever see kale on special in the supermarket.