From Kale Chips to Brewing Chocolate: 8 Superfoods You Should Try Now

Cleveland Clinic docs pick the healthiest new food trends (10 Photos)

Cleveland Clinic on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:05AM

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From Kale Chips to Brewing Chocolate: 8 Superfoods You Should Try Now

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Kale Chips

“Kale chips are a nice way to ease into healthier eating,” says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, wellness manager for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and Lifestyle 180 program. “When you think of kale, imagine what it looks like: You have to take the rib out and do some cutting, so from a convenience standpoint, if you can get it in a chip and it’s got some seasoning on it, that’s a lot more attractive, especially for people who are scared of kale.” And, she says, it might just pique your interest in the fresh stuff too. One ounce (about a handful of chips) provides roughly 50 percent of your daily vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. Why should you care? Healthy skin, teeth and bones, to start. The nutrient also promotes good vision. Kale also packs a wallop of vitamin C, which can help fight damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are believed to contribute to certain chronic diseases and play a role in the aging process. Because they can be expensive, we like making our own kale chips at home.

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