The nutritional value of kale has been making headlines lately, as it is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and calcium. As a super food, kale isn't exactly portable the way nuts or dried fruit are. Many consumers are getting a healthy daily dose of nutritious greens by eating kale chips. If you don't have kale chips at your local neighborhood grocery store, Amazon.com has a large selection to choose from and many can be delivered to your door in just two days if you are an Amazon Prime customer.
Health benefits of kale
It may not be the best tasting leafy green out there, but kale is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, carotenoids, and flavinoids. Kale is great for the eyes as it contains lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. The leafy green properties also aid in digestion, lower cholesterol, and reduce the risk of heart disease. Thanks to a several health-conscious food manufacturers, we now have a variety of different flavored kale chips to choose from, including cheesy, garlic, onion, chili lime, and even chocolate.
Top choices on Amazon, ranked by number of customer reviews
Kaya Foods Kale Chips (2.2 ounce bag), 25 reviews
Alive and Radiant Kale Crunch (2.2 ounce bag) - cheesy flavor, 20 reviews
Naked Kale Plain Vegan Cheese Flavor (2.5 ounce bag), 14 reviews
Brad's Vampire Killer Kale (2.5 ounce bag)- garlic and cheese flavor, 12 reviews
Brads Raw Kale Chips (3 ounce bag), 12 reviews
Trader Joe's Kale Chips (2 ounce bag), 11 reviews
Case Quite Cheezy Kale Crunch (case of 12 bags), 11 reviews
Brad's Raw Leafy Kale, Nasty Hot (2.5 ounce bag), 10 reviews
Rhythm Superfoods Texas Bar-B-Q Kale Chips (2 ounce bag, pack of 4), 8 reviews
Living Zen Raw Organic Kale Chips (3ounce bag), 7 reviews
Average review rating for these 10 kale chip products is 60% positive. The major complaints are that the chips arrive broken and crumbled, overpriced, and flavor. In fact, some reviewers refer to the product as "kale crumbles." Obviously no fault of the manufacturer, but more a factor in the distribution of such a fragile food item. In other words, healthy kale chips won't be the best backpacking snack or college-student care package item. Stick to the granola bars and trail mix for those events.