A few years ago in Kalamazoo, Hether Frayer took a somewhat bland superfood in Kale, which I can only seem to stomach in shakes and turned it into an amazing snack. Today, Kaleamazoo Chips are a hot item for anyone wanting a healthy alternative to potato chips.

Derek Richmond Photography - Hether Frayer

I'm sure there are lots of people who recently stopped eating junk food and have been searching for something to get them through the day as a snacker. These chips are the perfect thing to fill that void. The best part is you're supporting local business. Freshfoodisfun.com explains how this unique and nutritious idea came to be:

The idea was pretty simple: Take a sometimes boring superfood and turn it into a super snack that would leave a muncher’s mouth happy and body-brimming with all the nutritional goodness the leafy green veggie is so well known for. After two years and countless test batches, a kale chip was born that is light and airy, delicate on the tongue but bursting with bold flavor. There’s a lotta kick in these chips. Why not enjoy what you know is good for you?

Kaleamazoo Chips are dehydrated, which means all the goodness in the kale remains after the production process is complete. Our kale comes from small, local, sustainable farms. We use organic coconut and olive oils, organic lemon and lime juice, and all natural spices. Kaleamazoo Chips are handcrafted with love in small batches and the product is licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

Currently, they are being sold at PFC Grocery and Deli, Irvings, Juicy Leaf, Natural Health Center, Sawall, Earthfare, and Bronson Hospital (in the cafe) as well as many other local shops and statewide shops. They can also be purchased online through their website.

The chips come in 5 different flavors:  Lemony Kick-it (the original flavor that got Hether started), Lime Coconut, Garlic Parm, Chocolate Chili and the newest flavor, Spicy Sriracha.

Bonus Video: Dave Benson's Eating Kalamazoo: A Farm Tomato