Happy Earth Day! As many of you have the environment in mind, I wanted to inspire you with a new green food I recently discovered at the local market: It’s fresh. It’s crunchy, and it’s all the rage with fitspo bloggers and health enthusiasts around the world – kale.
I discovered the new green when I was at the local market. A man took a heaping mound of kale and placed it in his basket when I asked how he would suggest preparing it. He suggested using it for juicing, but has seen others use it as a lettuce alternative in salads since it packs in more nutrients. I thought it was worth a try and took some home myself.
I later learned that kale was not only more nutritious, but it also had the following benefits:
- It’s high in vitamin K – a necessity for preventing various cancers
- It’s great for cardiovascular support and can lower cholesterol levels
- It’s filled with fiber and sulfur and can detox your body and keep your liver healthy
And so much more!
It’s very easy to prepare and add to various dinner dishes. However, this versatile food also makes a great snacking alternative. Kale chips are growing in popularity as a healthy, low-cal alternative to potato chips and other high-carbohydrate snacks.
This Parmesan kale chip recipe from Do It Delicious is easy to make and requires ingredients you probably have sitting around at home. It requires kale, olive oil and Parmesan cheese! Simply place kale on a baking sheet and cover with olive oil, bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes until crisp, let cool, then sprinkle with salt and Parmesan!
Have you ever made anything with kale? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!
Last weekend, I made a trip back home to Tampa to visit some family and friends. It was a busy but fun weekend which included Gasparilla, 3-mile runs, car washes and tennis. By 2pm on Sunday, I felt like an 80-year-old lady! All I wanted to do was sleep. Yet with no family dinner plans in the making, I sought out to find a healthy meal.
I searched for a healthy recipe that would serve my large family of seven and eventually came across this DELICIOUS Chicken & Sun-Dried Tomato Orzo dish from Eating Well. This simple recipe only took 30 minutes to make and when the recipe was doubled, there were plenty of leftovers for the beginning of the week. The directions were easy to follow – the only change I made was the cooking method for the sauce. I boiled the tomato puree in a large saucepan, then added the orzo and let it simmer. I topped the chicken with the orzo mix and sprinkled Romano cheese on top.
This recipe was brother, sister, parents AND boyfriend approved. Even a couple of family members couldn’t believe it was “healthy.” Family members can add extra cheese if they prefer.
You can find the recipe on the Eating Well website here:
If you prepare this dish, let me know how it turns out!
Melt in your mouth chicken made with greek yogurt, parmesan and garlic.
I was leaving the office on Tuesday night, ready to finally unwind and workout when my boyfriend texted me asking if I wanted to get dinner. I assumed I was going to cook (Little did I know he was going to take me to get sushi!).
So I ran into Publix while rummaging through Pinterest on my Galaxy for a simple, delicious recipe that will satisfy both our stomachs- which can sometimes be difficult to do (I’ll admit it, I’m picky and I eat like a girl).
I found this recipe on-the-go. Looking at it I could automatically tell it was a winner. The recipe called for mayonaise, parm, and a large amount of salt – much to his liking (and to the boyfriend who may be reading this, I say that with love).
To add a healthy touch, for my chicken, I swapped out the mayo for plain nonfat Greek yogurt, less parm, and a bit of basil and thyme.
Dinner was served with green beans tossed in 2ish tablespoons of olive oil, parsley, thyme, oregano and garlic.
Much to my surprise, he liked the Greek yogurt version better!
I recommend giving this recipe a try!
To view recipe visit: goo.gl/efxT9i