Actress Jennifer Garner has been subtly taking over as one of Instagram’s most intriguing stars because she’s so, well, normal. The star freely shares embarrassing videos of herself, old band camp stories, and now she’s serving up recipes for healthy snacks because blue corn chips are her “nemesis.”
It’s a snack conundrum we can all relate to. You’re craving something salty and comforting, but you don’t want to pick up that bag of potato chips. Luckily, Garner understands our pain and saves the day with her healthy alternatives. The “Love, Simon” star is sharing easy-to-follow recipes for nutritious snacks on IG when you want to be bad, but also good. Here’s why Garner’s treats are not only ‘gram-worthy but great for you.
Because blue corn chips are her weakness, Garner turns to kale chips instead. Kale is not only low in calories, high in fiber, and has zero fat, but also has many nutritional benefits, including being a rich source of magnesium, folate, and iron.
“Cut the rib out of the center of large pieces. Coat in olive oil. Add salt. Add grated Parmesan if you like,” the actress suggests. “Set the oven at 200 degrees. Stick it in the oven, preferably on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet. Start checking periodically at 15 min, but wait until it’s crispy– closer to 25 min.”
Garner prefers to use “dinosaur” kale, which gets its name for its bumpy dark blue-green leaves that resemble dino skin. It’s got an earthy, nutty flavor and its leaves are said to be “so hearty that even when well-cooked they retain a wonderful firm texture,” which makes it perfect for baking.