Foodie Friday: Kid-Approved Crispy Kale Chips

Summer’s on its way, which means my annual diet is too. I’m always looking for healthy recipes that don’t taste like “diet food”, and this one for Crispy Kale Chips is definitely a keeper!

Jess and Sonia, head foodies over at Damn Delish, shared this recipe with me. I had some kale sitting in the fridge that I needed to use, so I thought I’d try the recipe out myself! It literally takes a minute to throw together and in ten minutes you have a yummy snack that will make you forget about potato chips and french fries…well, almost make you forget about them.

20150423_155440_resized (1)


Crispy Kale Chips


Crispy Kale Chips
  • 1 bunch of fresh kale (remove leaves from the stalk and cut in to bit sized pieces)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp course sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss kale in olive oil until fully covered, and spread out on a cookie sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with sea salt and garlic.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until edges of the leaves are brown.
Other add on ideas: lemon (freshly squeezed or maybe lemon powder), red pepper flakes, and salt and vinegar.

  This recipe for Crispy Kale Chips is kid approved! Ethan actually suggested adding lemon to it, so next time we make Crispy Kale Chips (tomorrow), we’ll be adding some lemon salt, too!

Looking for a healthy snack that the kids will love and ask for more of? This crispy kale chips recipe definitely fits the bill, and only takes 10 minutes or so to make!


For more healthy recipes that taste good, visit my Healthy Eats and Drinks Pinterest board.

Now head over and visit Jess and Sonia at Damn Delish and make sure to follow them on Pinterest, too!

Trying to get ready for summer and bathing suits? These crispy kale chips will satisfy your craving for potato chips (or other salty snacks) and makes a great snack. It only takes three ingredients and 10 minutes to make! Bonus: It's kid-approved!


Want to check out reader’s featured recipes? You’ll find them here. And if you would you like to get a recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster, find out how to do it here.

Spring Allergies: The Bane of My (And Now Mia’s) Existence

Oh Spring has sprung! The birds that live above our front door had babies, who have since “flown the coop” so to speak. The hummingbird in our lemon tree just welcomed two little ones yesterday. The plumeria flowers are blooming, as are my orchids that haven’t bloomed in almost two years. There are baby bunnies on the hill behind our house. The peach and plum trees are both blooming, and there are flowers everywhere! And weeds. And dust…lots of dust in the house because all of our windows and doors are open to let the warmth in. The dust is from the wind. And with all of that comes my spring allergies, which are out of control this year. And unfortunately, Mia is experiencing the same nightmare.

I’ve been taking an allergy pill and using the neti pot every day for years. But for poor Mia, this suffering is all new. Did you know that allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children 18 and under? Clearly Mia is not alone, and we are a nation of allergy sufferers! But the problem with allergies in children is that it’s often difficult to tell whether your child has a cold or allergies because the symptoms are so similar. I thought that Mia had what was a never-ending cold, so I took her to see the doctor.

Did you know that allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children 18 and under? To learn if your child suffers from spring allergies or a cold, read on.
The doctor took one look at her, and immediately knew that she suffered from allergies. The telltale sign? There’s a little white line that goes horizontally across the tip of her nose from her constantly wiping at her runny nose. The doctor said that most kids with allergies have it. I had it as a kid too!

Is It A Cold Or Spring Allergies?

Did you know that allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children 18 and under? To learn if your child suffers from spring allergies or a cold, read on.

So now, like me, Mia is taking allergy medicine daily for her spring allergies (I hope it’s just spring allergies and not year round allergies like I have). But she’s not taking the same kind of medicine for her spring allergies that I am! She’s taking a medicine that was recommended by her doctor as safe to give to a child her age (she’s 5).

Did you know that there’s a common ingredient in allergy medicines called diphenhydramine that is NOT safe to give to children under the age of 6? It’s extremely important that you always read the drug facts label and really understand the ingredients of common over the counter medications to determine they are safe for your child. When in doubt, ask the pharmacist for assistance or call your child’s doctor. Better safe than sorry!

And while many of us joke about giving kids allergy medicine to make them sleepy, because sick kids are grouchy kids, remember that it is NEVER okay to give kids any medicines to make them sleepy. It’s not safe and it’s not okay.

Did you know that allergies are the third most common chronic disease among children 18 and under? To learn if your child suffers from spring allergies or a cold, read on.

For more information about spring allergies…and allergies and sinus issues in general, visit Know Your OTCs.

I can’t believe that I’ve been partnering with Know Your OTCs for an entire year now! I’m honored that I was able to be an Ambassador for them, and I’m sad that my time with them is up. I’ve learned so much, and I hope the information I’ve shared has been helpful to you as well. Know Your OTCs is a great resource on health information for parents. If you haven’t yet, make sure to visit their website, KnowYourOTCs. I encourage you to check them out because they have a TON of information that all parents need to know. And while you are at it, like them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Disclaimer: I’m being compensated as an KnowYourOTCs Ambassador, though all thoughts, opinions, and suggestions expressed here are my own. Keep up-to-date on over the counter safety information by visiting the KnowYourOTCs and by following them on Pinterest.