Today, Kim from Life Over C’s is sharing her tips for Meal Planning with Kids, and I thought I’d take a break from all of the indulgent treats we’ve been sharing and share something a bit healthier — kid-made kale chips!
Have you ever had kale chips? They are sooo much better than store-bought potato chips, and even the kids can’t get enough of them! I find myself craving them, and eating them by the handfuls whenever we make them!
Now, I’ve tried making salt-free kale chips and they just don’t work for me. I don’t add salt to most foods, but kale chips need a bit of salt to really make them a delicious, snackable option. Just a sprinkle will do and it’s still way less salt than a serving of chips would contain.
The kids love helping to make kale chips. We start off by shredding the kale into bite-sized pieces, which is a great fine-motor exercise and helps them practice visual discrimination – comparing the “example piece” to the pieces that they are shredding.
Next is the best part: they get to squish the olive oil into the kale! This is a fun and slippery sensory experience – just make sure you witness the hand-scrubbing before they dive in!
Have the children help you space out the pieces of kale onto a silicone-mat lined baking sheet and add just a small sprinkle of sea salt for flavour.
Bake the kale chips at 350F for 8-12 minutes until they crisp up and turn a dark green. If the edges start to brown, you’ve cooked them too long but they will still be tasty.
We love serving our kale chips alongside a kid-made sandwich, or as a special movie night treat.
What do you think? Would you try kale chips with your kids?
As part of our 31 days of Kids Kitchen Activities, Kim is sharing 5 Tips for Menu Planning with Kids.
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