Lemon & Garlic Kale Chips

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So with my diet being pretty limited to veggies and meat mainly haha, I’m always looking for new ways to spice it up!!! So I made KALE CHIPS! … (even my boyfriend liked them… which was a surprise! ) <— ps. I love when he likes my health food hahah.

Ok enough bibble -babble! On to the Recipe!!!!

Its suuuper simple too. YAY!

You’ll Need:

  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  • A bundle or two of fresh kale, washed and chopped.
  • 6 Garlic cloves, chopped. (or more if ya want… I’m a garlic freak so if you ever ask me… you can never have enough garlic!!!)
  • 1-2 tbsp. Sea Salt (one if you use one bunch, 2 if you make 2 bunches worth)
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon juice or one whole lemon freshly squeezed.
  • 1 tbsp. Black pepper

 

How to:

  • Wash Kale bunches and chop off ends, and then chop into “chip” size pieces.
  • Pre-heat oven to 325
  • In a large bowl mix all ingredients. (Olive Oil, Lemon, Salt, Pepper)
  • Place chopped up kale into bowl and mix around so the oil gets all over it all and you can even let it marinade for a while if you’d like. ( I let mine marinade for about 15 min)
  • On a baking sheet, spread out kale pieces onto sheet and then sprinkle the chopped up garlic cloves on top.
  • Bake for about 15-20 min until the kale pieces seem crispy at the end.
  • Let cool, and ENJOY!!!

Note: it helps if you every once in a while toss the leaves so some don’t end up burnt.. ( you know the ones on the sides of the pan) . …. lol.

 

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Benefits of Kale!

Kale, which I’m sure you’ve heard of by now since its kind of exploded as a superfood through the past year, is fricken awesome! So lets discuss why kale is so awesome shall we?!

  • First of all …..    (per 1/2 cup)    only 18 calories, 0 fat, cholesterol and saturated fat, 47 mg of calcium, tons of potassium, vitamin A and C, and its part of the cabbage family =)
  • Known for its antioxidants and cancer fighting abilities. Also known to help with things like heart disease, osteoporosis, aging, and can even help with menstrual issues in woman old and young.
  • Kale can be put into salads, you can cook it into dishes, steam it, put it into a smoothie,  and even make kale chips!
  • Great for detoxing the body and cleanses
  • Good for hair, nails and skin.

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How to make the Healthiest Smoothies!

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Whether its adding nutrients, helping achieve a goal (like clearer skin, or digestion issues), or maybe just taste smoothies are a great way to do that. Plus they usually fill you up pretty well too!! So here are my little tips on conjuring up the BEST smoothie possible! =)

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  • The fresher the better! Try to use fresh fruits and veggies but I understand the convenience of the frozen ones too. Sometimes I just pour some mixed fruits and almond milk in a bender and call it a day. LOL
  • Try to go organic with your smoothies, that way you avoid all the pesticides.
  • You can use all kinds of things besides milk or water. I personally love the vanilla almond milk since it makes it sweeter but you can also use things like tea. There are tons of teas that are herbal remedies for common aches and pains too, adding those herbs from the tea will only help with all the nutrients from the veggies and fruit as well.
  • Don’t add sugar! Usually of the smoothie is fruit based you wont need any sweetening at all but if its a green smoothie, they sometimes get a little bitter. Instead of sugar or the common “fake sugar” (sweet n low, Splenda) DONT USE FAKE SUGAR ITS WAY WORSE FOR YOU!!! Use Stevia (which is derived from a plant), or honey, or Agave Nectar (also from a plant) .
  • I love adding healthy fats to my smoothie! Things like Chia seeds, hemp seed, flax seed, and even avocado!
  • Adding protein powders can also boost up the protein (obviously) but it can help you build muscle and stay fuller longer. My favorite ones are Sun Warrior or Vega Brand.
  • Add the “Super-foods”. Things you wouldn’t normally think of seem to keep things interesting for me personally when I make my smoothies. Goji Berries, Coconut Oil, Maca Powder, Matcha, Acai Berries, Kale, Cacao.
  • Using frozen bananas instead of ice cubes can be fun, your smoothie almost comes out like a “milk shake” in a way. Very thick. OR get creative, freeze some coconut water and use those as the ice cubes =)

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When to buy Organic?

So over the past few years we’ve heard “buy organic, buy all natural blah blah blah.” So what’s the difference between non organic and organic you might ask? Well let me introduce you to a little thing called “The Dirty Dozen”. These 12 foods are you basic ” I need to buy organic” because they are the most toxic and have the most pesticides when grown non-organically.

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  1. Carrots
  2. Strawberries
  3. Celery
  4. Nectarines
  5. Peaches………… These are by far the worst! Make sure you buy organic!
  6. Apples
  7. Pears
  8. Bell peppers
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale
  11. Lettuce
  12. Grapes

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For more info on the dirty dozen : www.ewg.org