BBQ kale chips

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I know, I know. Kale chips are so 2010. They’re right up there with quinoa, chia seeds, and… all those other things I really like. I just can’t help it. 

And now that it’s Monday, I figured I’d hope back on the vegetable train after a weekend of blueberry mojitos and cake. It was quite a delicious weekend, indeed :)

I had a bag of kale in the fridge, and had been contemplating making a salad with it for a few days:

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then I thought: chips. Everything’s better in chip form, right? Especially when you have a move on the brain -I can’t believe it’s really happening!- and want a little nutrients in your stress snack. Even though I will say that Halloween Almond Joys haven’t been too shabby. (We’ve talked to the fam and I’ll probably be able to post the news where we’re headed tomorrow since the decision has officially been made.)

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My favorite part about kale chips is when Livi will challenge me for kale chip-eating champion. Girlfriend will want seconds and thirds (“more chips! more chips!”) and it makes me smile to know she loves green veggies, for now at least. 

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!

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BBQ Kale Chips
A healthy and addicting snack option! The perfect mix of sweet, savory and crunch.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 10 oz bag of kale, rinsed and ribs discarded
  2. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  6. 1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  8. 2 tablespoons of olive oil, melted butter or coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray or olive oil.
  2. Place the kale into a bowl and then drizzle with the olive oil.
  3. Use your hands to massage the oil onto the kale.
  4. Next, make your rub by combining the chili powder, garlic, cumin, salt, paprika and brown sugar.
  5. Sprinkle the rub onto the kale, and use a spoon to gently stir, making sure each piece is fully coated.
  6. Spread the kale onto the baking sheet in an even layer.
  7. Top with extra paprika and sea salt, if desired, and bake for 10-12 minutes until crispy.
The Fitnessista
For now, we’re off on the usual Monday adventures. Have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya later!



Make it happen Monday: Set a goal for this week and plan for how you’re going to go after it. Take little steps each day to achieve your goal.

Random: what are you going to be for Halloween?! Livi is going to be a fairy, so I figured I could be a mama fairy and the Pilot could be… a dad fairy? I told him I could find some niiiiiice green tights. ;) 

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  1. My goal this week is to nourish my body! I’ve decided to really focus on properly eating this week and taking a slight step back from my normal aggressive training. This week it is all about yoga, walking, and short runs. It’s time to recharge, refresh, and nourish. Happy Monday!

  2. Josh and I are Ariel and Prince Eric! He really loves me! Haha

  3. I love baked kale chips! I usually season them with just a bit of garlic powder but I’ll have to try this on my next batch.

  4. I loooove kale chips. You posted a recipe a long time ago for a flavor with a Thai- peanut sauce kinda flavor and they were so incredible, even though I don’t think I really let them get crisp enough.

    My goal for this week is to make it through it, haha! I am taking a full course load and working 30 hours a week and I have 3 exams this week so I cannot wait until the Halloween parties I’m going to Friday and Saturday. I’m a science geek and going as the element Neon. I figured it’s a good way to put all my crazy neon workout gear to good use, just adding a neon wig, lots of glow stick accessories, and a handmade periodic table type sign.

  5. YUM! These kale chips look delish, do you think it would work as well with baby kale? I have a box I’d like to do something with!

  6. Mmmm yummy! I will really only eat kale in chip form, so these seem like a good option for me. :-) My goal this week is to have a positive mindset about the fact that my husband is leaving tomorrow for a month-long business trip. I know it could be SO much worse, so I need to stop the pity party!

  7. The BBQ kale chips look great! I will have to give them a try…my little boy just LOVES kale chips :) We will have to make this version next weekend.
    My goal is to consistently eat well and workout this week…the week days are so good and then I fall apart on the weekends :(

  8. I love kale chips! These look super tasty, too. Can’t wait to hear where you’re moving to! I already had my Halloween fun this past weekend and we went to an 80’s party which was a lot of fun.My niece is around Livi’s age and she wants to be a princess every single year!

  9. Yum! My hubby will love these!

  10. Good luck with all the craziness that I’m sure you’re feeling; can’t wait to hear where you’re going. I know you’ll rock it wherever you end up <3

  11. Kale chips are some of my favourite. These look delicious and super easy if you’ve not got a dehydrator!

    I’ve got some great healthy and vegan-friendly recipes coming up, but in the meantime, check out my new fitness tips here:

    Love from London

  12. I have never had (or even heard of) kale chips. This looks like a great snack and spectacular alternative to fried potato chips.

  13. My goal this week is to do some food prepping and meal planning (already did a lot of today), drink up more H2O, and take the pups for a walk every day before the snow comes!

  14. I’m not sure why but I almost teared up reading this! I can’t imagine how emotional (and hopefully exciting, too) it must be for you and your family with a move on the horizon. It sounds like you are coping well but I’m sending virtual hugs anyway. <3

    Also, if the pilot does dress up as a dad fairy – please, please take pics. :)

    • Fitnessista says:

      thank you! <3 i’ve had some anxiety the past couple of weeks, so i appreciate it
      haha and YES pics will be taken

  15. Kale chips will never go out of style in my book! Yum!

  16. You are my new favorite person because I make kale chips at least once a week (stuck in the old days I suppose) and I never thought of making them BBQ style! And BBQ is my favorite! I’m stopping to get some more kale on the way home and making these! Thanks Gina!

  17. Ahhh, so you cut off the ribs of the kale! I kept wondering how people could be raving about such an incredibly fibrous and tough vegetable, haha. I’m going to try these chips soon.

  18. I have kale in my drawer at home waiting to be used up, as well! This will be happening!

  19. I’ve never had much luck with making kale chips — perhaps it’s time to revisit them :)

  20. Shaina Anderson says:

    YUM! I’ll add kale to my TJs list for wednesday. :-)

    My goal this week is to hop back on the workout train. I took last week off to recover, stretch and foam roll. I did a 45 minute interval workout on the treadmill + some core work this morning and I’m contemplating Bikram tonight….but its so grey and cold and I have a big pot of pho on the stove…

  21. I love kale chips, quinoa and chia seeds and I soooo don’t care if it is so 2010. Bring ‘em on!

  22. I’ve never eaten kale before….this sounds like a good way to try it out though, thanks for another great recipe! :)

  23. I cannot wait to try these! I LOVE kale chips!

  24. I can’t wait to try this tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also can’t wait to find out where you guys are going. I’m guessing because you needed to really talk about it that you are going overseas. I was really looking forward to going to Tucson and hopefully meeting you but my fault for putting it off for so long. I wish you all the best!

    it was good in salad form.. but.. tear! I died when I saw this. cant wait to try it!!

  26. haha a whole family of fairies– nice! I’m going to be a karate kid while I’m babysitting and Katniss {Hunger Games!!} for a party!

  27. Just made these in the dehydrator. They are SO.DARN.GOOD. THANK YOU!!

  28. Love kale chips! Can’t wait to try this!

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