This was my first time making Kale Chips. I’ve heard about them a lot through other healthy sites, so I finally decided to give them a try. I am so glad I did, they are delicious! Better yet, they are so incredibly simple!!!
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- With a knife carefully remove the leaves from the thick stem.
- Tear kale into bite size pieces.
- Wash and thoroughly dry kale (I rinsed them in a strainer and let them sit for a while).
- Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. To evenly coat the kale, you might want to place the kale in a zip lock and then shake the oil and salt with the kale in the bag.
- Bake until the edges brown and the kale is crispy, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
I am always looking for healthy snacks that I can keep at my desk at work, so I made extra and have them ready to go for tomorrow. If you are also looking for a simple and healthy snack, give them a try!
- Jocelyn -
Unlike processed or boxed foods, your fruit and vegetables do not have a nutritional label on them. So how do you know what choices to make. They may not have a nutritional label, but they do have a sticker. The sticker is the PLU or Price Look Up Code and it can tell you a lot!
Did you know that 7 out of 10 items found on the shelves of your grocery store contain ingredients that have been genetically modified! So the next time you decide to purchase produce (I’m a big fan of bananas and watermelon), and you are concerned about the nutritional value of your choices, consider the following information regarding the PLU sticker.
This sticker will tell you whether the fruit was produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides or herbicides; genetically modified or organically grown.
There are many variations of codes on the PLU stickers, but here are some to be aware of:
- PLU stickers that begin with “3” or “4” indicate that the produce was conventionally grown. What this means is that the produce was sprayed with weed killers and/or chemical pesticides.
- PLU stickers that begin with “8” indicate that the produce was GENETICALLY ENGINEERED. This means that the produce genes were manipulated to produce a larger or brighter colored food! This may also mean that the produce was chemical treated.
- PLU stickers that start with “9” indicate that the produce was raised ORGANICALLY. You can also be sure that the produce was not treated with any chemicals.
There is a lot of research out there today about the difference between genetically modified, conventionally grown or organic produce, which suggest that there are real and significant differences in the nutrient content. However, a lot of the labeling can be misleading, and I hope that this summary helps somewhat when you are making your produce choices in the grocery store.
- Jocelyn -
Looking for a tasty quick snacks that not only give you energy, but help satisfy a craving for sweets? These chocolate almond butter balls do just that. This is a slightly modified version of a recipe I got from core conditioning, a great site for recipes.
(Makes 12 Balls)
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour or grain mix
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1 Tbsp Agave
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- Possibly some water
Put rolled oats in a food processor and mix until you have a flour-like consistency. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until a rough dough is formed. If you don’t have a food processor, just mix it in a large bowl.
You may need add water if the dough is too dry to form a ball. Once you form all 12 dough balls, place them in the fridge (they keep for about a week).
One Ball = 57 calories, 3.3g Fat, 3.8g carbohydrates, 2.9g protein, 1.2g fiber, 20mg sodium
I (and my kids) just grab one of these out of the fridge whenever they get a craving… my son on the way out the door to play basketball, and my daughter throws a few in a snack bag when planning to be at softball for hours. I just love them whenever I get that craving throughout the day, or before or after the gym.
Give them a try, hope you enjoy them !
- Jocelyn -
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