Craving some crunch? Put down the Pringles and reach for some kale. Or at least some kale chips. This leafy green superfood is having something of a moment right now, and it's a health food fad every dancer should follow. Why? Kale's vitamin A feeds bone formation, its B vitamins boost your metabolism and its vitamin C helps your body fight inflammation. That's not to mention the loads of fiber that keep your stomach from gumbling in the middle of rehearsal.

 

One of the tastiest ways to fill your kale quota is in chip from, and kale chips are being sold in health food stores all over the place right now. But it's super simple—and cheap—to bake your own in just three easy steps:

 

1. Tear leaves away from woody stems into bite-sized bits, and spread over a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

2. Drizzle with olive oil (the healthy fat helps your body absorb the vitamins), then sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Enjoy!

 

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