Kale chips to me are what Twinkies are to kids, what Gatoraid is to athletes, what a bone is to a dog, what an acorn is to a squirrel, what catnip is to a cat… you get the picture. To me, for me, they are ADDICTING! And these Gingerbread Kale Chips do not disappoint! There are several signs of addiction… let me see if I fit the bill.
Questioning ~ People who don’t have an addiction problem don’t wonder if they have a problem. It’s simply not something they think about because they don’t need to. The mind is funny in that way. If we’re paying attention, the mind tells us what we need to know whether we want to hear it or not. If it is haunting you with questions such as “What am I doing, why am I licking the bowl of kale chip batter?” “Why do I keep doing it?” and “Why can’t I stop, how is it possible that I ate 3 heads of kale in 20 minutes all by myself?” take note. Your problem may have crossed that line into addiction. Gulp
When others touch on the topic, do you feel your hackles rise, and do you instantly defend yourself with statements like: “It’s not a problem for me, “If other people don’t understand, it’s their problem,” “I can stop doing it anytime I want to?” But, in your inner core, do you know these things aren’t true? Just because I locked myself in the closet with my trays of dehydrated kale chips, doesn’t mean I really have a problem does it?
Blaming ~ Placing blame for your behavior on others or a situation is an old ploy of addicts that keeps them from taking responsibility for their choices. When others are out of the picture, and the situation is resolved and the behavior continues, it’s a clear sign that there’s a problem — yours.
Secrets and lies ~ Often, addicts are the only ones who think their addiction is a secret. They believe the lies are hiding the secret, but those close to them have noticed the green kale specs crammed between your teeth, abusing the use of coupons for fresh kale, gambling away necessary funds, overeating kale, etc. If addicts know that others know, but they continue to tell lies, then the only ones they’re fooling is themselves.
Guilt and shame ~ How you feel about your behavior should be a clear indication about whether or not it’s a problem. If you feel guilt and shame, but you can’t seem to stop what you’re doing, then the problem has become an addiction. No one wants to feel guilt and shame, so if you inflict it on yourself repeatedly, then that’s something you should take a hard look at. Do I really need to feel guilty for eating a whole head of kale in one sitting, without offering any to my husband?
Isolation ~ Convincing yourself that, others don’t understand, or you don’t fit into the SAD eating world around you to justify your behavior may convince you that you are protecting yourself from more pain and disappointment, but it will leave you feeling alone and empty. Well, not really my tummy is full of healthy kale chips!
I am convinced after thorough research on the actions of an addict that… I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM! :) <— bats eyelashes
yields 2 Excalibur trays
- 1 cup packed (9oz) Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup water
- 10 drops of liquid stevia
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 cup cashews, soaked
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 head of kale (10 oz before stems were removed)
- Wash and de-stem your kale. Starting at the bottom of the kale, strip away all leaves leaving behind only the stems. Tear leaves into approximately 2- to 3-inch pieces. Make sure you get as much excess water off of the kale as possible. If you don’t it will make your sauce “soupy”. Set aside.
- After soaking the cashews, drain the water and rinse well. The purpose for soaking the cashews is to soften them.
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until creamy.
- In a large bowl pour the sauce over the kale and coat evenly. Use your hands for this job. It is easier and more fun!
- Place the kale on the non-stick Teflex sheets that come with your dehydrator. Spread out the pieces to help them dry evenly.
- Dehydrate on 105 degrees for approx. 6-8 hrs or until dry. I tend to pull mine out before it gets 100% dry because I like it a little chewy.
- Store in an airtight glass container and be ready to nibble non-stop till the last crumb is gone!