Health Kick: Day 20 and Kale Chips Recipe!

February 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

Happy Saturday, WordPress readers! Thanks for coming back and visiting the blog and I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of one another! Today marks my 20th day straight of exercise on my own personal 30 day challenge I’ve decided to do. I’ve had a lot more time on my hands this past month to focus on myself and one of the ways I’ve been doing that is through exercise. It’s amazing what can happen when you finally find that motivation you knew was hiding somewhere deep down in your soul! The holidays helped to conceal it from me but I finally grabbed it and pulled it out so, now you get to hear a little bit about it. I’ve revisited some classes I used to love to take like Zumba, kick-boxing, and step and have even begun using 15lb dumbbells for my arms (doesn’t sound that heavy but try doing 20 bicep curls and then tell me how you feel lol). But all of the exercise in the world wouldn’t help me get healthy and lose weight if I hadn’t looked at my diet and tried to make some changes.

I hardly ate any vegetables other than the broccoli that came with my chinese food. That was a huge problem and after watching an amazing documentary called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” I decided it was time to make veggies a priority in my life. I won’t go into too much detail about the documentary in this post because I’d like to share some juicing recipes with you later, but I will say I was introduced to this amazing vegetable called kale during this process.

 

Most of you probably already know what kale is but I had no clue that green veggie was hiding in between the spinach and chard in the produce isle at the grocery store (in fact, I thought it was all spinach!). In the film, Joe Cross (filmmaker), uses kale in a lot of his juices. I found it to be very bitter in my juice and could only use a few leaves before I thought it ruined the taste. However, a friend of mine told me about kale chips and my ears instantly perked up! How could these two words be associated? Surely it must taste like a crispy bite of indigestion with a bad aftertaste (kale doesn’t always leave you feeling fresh after you consume it…sort of like after you eat something spicy that makes you burp). I did a little research about the health benefits and it made me want to try out the chips and I fell in love! Now there are a staple side dish for my dinners, which sometimes include baked veggies and kale chips only (yum!). I’ve posted the recipe (adapted from one I found on Allrecipes.com)–if you try them, let me know what you think!

As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend! XO

 

Kale and veggies baking in the oven

Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper or non-stick baking foil.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 58 | Total Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 0mgPowered by ESHA Nutrient Database

The finished product! (image from allrecipes.com)

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It’s Been a While (Personal Post)

February 23, 2012 § 2 Comments

Hello A Fresh Coat readers! I am so sorry that I have been gone for the last month. It’s been difficult for me to write this blog as I have been mourning the loss of a great friend, Gianny Gomes. I met Gianny when I first moved to NYC in what seems like forever ago. Although time brought us to different parts of the world–me in DC and her back to her hometown in Brazil–we kept in touch and I truly cherished our relationship (thank goodness for Skype!). Unfortunately, Gianny suffered from depression and decided to take her own life. It was a huge hit to all of her family and friends and I was so sad that she felt as though that was her only option. Depression is a serious disease and effects thousands of people and if left untreated or improperly treated, suicide is an unfortunate decision many of those effected decide to make. I think in light of this tragedy, I decided to make a few changes with the way I live my life. I decided that I need to try and wake up with a daily appreciation for the things I have and the people I have and love in my life. I also decided that I needed to take some steps to live a healthier life and have been consumed with juicing and working out over the past month. It has paid off, as I feel great and have lost about 15lbs. Exercise is also a great way to deal with stress–and even depression! I miss Gianny daily but realize that the break I have taken from some of the things I love–like writing this blog–has got to stop! So, I am going to come back strong and hopefully have some great ideas coming your way. Also, I have a trip to Brussels in April and  a friend’s wedding in June so you may see some travel and wedding-themed posts in the near future.

I am curious as to what you all have been up to this last month! It’s been so long since I’ve logged in I almost forgot my password. Please say hi, feel free to share ideas and I promise the blog will be kept “light” after this post. I really felt like I needed to share what has been going on in my life and why I haven’t been around.

XO

jen

Gi and I at one of our favorite brunch spots. Miss you!

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