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I made kale.

21 Oct

Okay, I really hate to say this, but I think kale might just be unsalvageable for me. I might just have to give up on it. I’m a little sad because I had such high hopes for it, but guess what. It’s just gross.

And I say that after trying really hard to find a way to like it. Sorry kids, I will be taking a loosely permanent vacation from kale effective immediately.

Take a look at my fully-documented journey with kale this week:

Steamed Kale

I chopped. I wilted. I steamed.
And then I puked.

To be clear, I think the puking was pregnancy-related, but it still happened. And for that I blame the vegetable. If you’re curious, I used this recipe, which sounded really tasty at the time, but… well, you know the gory details. Bonus? It made my apartment smell disgusting for a full 24 hours.

Aside from my quest to become a lover of all veggies, I might have made a friend! After we met, we started talking about healthy food and turns out that been a 100% organic chick for the past three years. What? I know. She’s so cool. I’m gonna learn all of her ways.

I’ve also been reading like a maniac. Harry Potter? Of course. Well, I’ve been listening to Harry Potter, but I’ve been reading this book:

Run Like a Mother

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Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving–And Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

As per the fact that I will be a mother in less than 4 months, I decided that this book was a necessity. And it has gotten me so excited about running after the baby comes!

Meanwhile, my C210K plan managed to get a little off-track (illness, you know). So I just skipped ahead a few weeks and life is now great. All of a sudden I love running again!

When I’m on a run, there are 2 parts that I really hate: the warm-up and the last mile. I realized that the reason I was hating my workouts was because that was all I was getting. Skipping up to the 4 mile runs has been so.much.better. I actually like it again and can remember why I love running so much!

Also, something exciting happened this week.

Official Ballot

I ♥ democracy.

Our official ballots came! Michael and I read through the whole voter’s pamphlet (read: I read through the entire packet and then gave him the condensed version) and then voted. So awesome. The last presidential debate is tomorrow. Can you believe it? Election season is the bomb.

Superfoods: Condiment Edition

15 Oct

This week, the superfood I will be focusing on is ketchup!

Ketchup

Yes, that’s right. Ketchup.

Made of tomatoes, vinegar, and sugar, ketchup is one of the healthiest foods you can find. It is packed full of vitamins A through Z and… calcium… and… okay, just kidding. Ketchup isn’t a superfood. Turns out it isn’t even good for you.

But.

I need to do some serious catching up this week (get it? Ketchup… Catch-up? I’m so funny).

Pretty much I’m going to go back and do 1 more kale and 1 more carrot recipe because I just didn’t give these superfoods enough love during their respective weeks. Party party!

Carrots + Kale

Carrots + Kale. Maybe combined? Okay, let’s not get too crazy.

Also. I went jogging today! This was quite the event, since I pretty much didn’t move at all last week. At all. But after listening to this talk, I’m determined to love running (and life in general) more. Because it turns out that I’ve been dreading it and hating every step lately. So sad.

Today was better. I was really focused on not checking to see how far I’d gone or how fast I was running and just staying in the moment. All was going well until I slipped on a bridge (dang rain makes everything so slippery), fell, and hurt my shoulder just a tad. I’m going to go ahead and call it a sports-related injury.

Here are some great quotes from that talk that I just love:

“Sometimes in life we become so focused on the finish line that we fail to find joy in the journey.”

“Doesn’t it seem foolish to spoil sweet and joyful experiences because we are constantly anticipating the moment when they will end?”

[ahem… me on every.single.run.]

“We shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available—all the time! Life is not meant to be appreciated only in retrospect.”

I feel like I’m usually really good about loving life when I’m in the moment–particularly running–but lately, I feel like it’s just another thing to check off of my to-do list. Isn’t that sad? I love running! Unhealthily, even. But I just don’t love it these days, so my goal for this week is to suffer through it less and love it more.

Is anyone else going through the exercise dumps?
How do you stay positive?

21 Week Bumpdate

7 Oct

Baby Bump 21 Weeks

(Sorry about the white-on-white!)

New this week: H.E.A.R.T.B.U.R.N. This is going to sound really dumb, but before this week, I didn’t think heartburn was real. But now I can’t eat anything without that telltale burning in my chest. It is the most bizarre sensation. Luckily, I have my perma-companions with me for such times…

Tums

I’ve started thinking of these as little dessert candies instead of fast-acting antacids.

Bonus: In the name of accurate record-keeping, I should probably let you know one more new thing this week. Pregnancy has had a huge impact on my bra size. TMI? Oh well. I remember having a 1-woman dance party when I graduated from an A to a B cup (where I’ve been for the entirety of my adult life), and let’s just say that I have been dancing my way up 3 cup sizes. No joke.

One more thing, SO sorry about not posting my second kale recipe! My stove broke on Wednesday and it messed up my entire schedule. It’s fixed now, but I’m gonna make it next week, so stay tuned 🙂 I know you all are beside yourselves with anticipation, but, alas, you must wait a few more days.

In the meantime, I am going to enjoy watching what’s left of this with him and eating a few of these.

Happy weekend!

Baked Kale Chips + a Presidential Debate

3 Oct

Easy & Tasty Baked Kale Chips

There’s no way around it. I’m behind the times with this recipe. Kale chips have been around for several years, but I’m just so great at procrastinating that I’ve managed not to make them until today. But they tasted so good! I pulled them out of the oven when Michael was getting home and he managed to eat most of them while I was making dinner. Of what I tasted, though, they were really yummy! I’m definitely going to be making them again.

Raw Kale

I’ll admit that this plant intimidates me. The leaves are thick and curly and a little bitter and hard to chew. What to do?

Ready to Bake

Well. Along with being a little intimidating, kale also needs some attention before it tastes good. Everything I read says that kale is best after you “massage it.” Seriously. And I thought my basil plant was high maintenance! I ripped off chip-size pieces of kale, lubed them up (with olive oil), and then gave them all a good rub down. My massage actually brought the color out and made the leaves softer, so there definitely is some merit to the massage theory. After a vigorous rub-down, I added sea salt (is this sounding suspiciously like a day at the spa?) and tossed it all in the oven.

Baked Kale Chips

Imagine my surprise when I pulled this result out of the oven. My first thought was that I had messed it up, but after tasting one, I loved it! It has a little bit of a bitter flavor, but the sea salt complements it perfectly. The only thing I would change in the future is adding some parmesan cheese and garlic. Perfection.

Tasty & Easy Baked Kale Chips
1 bunch of kale
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

2. Wash the kale really well and then dry it completely. Use a salad spinner. Or a blow dryer. Whatever you use to dry your produce. Just make sure all of the water is dried.

3. Tear off chip-sized pieces of kale, slather them in olive oil, and massage each piece individually.

4. Lay the kale on a baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.

5. Bake the chips for 20 minutes and ENJOY!

Fun

Ps: I am watching the debates as I write this, so it’s taking me way too long to finish. So intense! Michael is absolutely freaking out… he keeps pausing it and telling me how he would respond to each question. I’m just hoping he doesn’t jump ship on the whole accounting degree thing and decide to pursue a career in politics… Did anyone else watch the debate tonight?

Cool Kids Eat Kale

1 Oct

I’ve heard forever that it’s important to eat enough leafy greens, but when I make my weekly grocery list, it usually only includes a (small) bag of spinach for salads. Honestly, I don’t know how to eat them outside of a salad. I’ve been trying to eat more leafy greens for awhile now, but my creativity has been pretty limited. Choosing kale as the superfood of the week is pretty ambitious for me because I have no idea what to do with it. This week is going to take a lot of research…

Confession: I bought kale a year ago but was really intimidated by it and let it go bad without using a single leaf. Don’t tell Michael.

Goal: This week is going to be different.

Ps: Speaking of this week being different. Remember my basil plant? It’s looking a little sad these days. I don’t know what the deal is! I’ve been watering it every other day and taking it outside for a few hours every day so it can soak up the sun. In all honesty, I didn’t realize it would be such a high-maintenance plant… But I’m determined to keep it alive. Any suggestions? I need some serious help.

I digress.

Kale Nutritional Information
(info from here)

Nutritionists recommend that every adult eat at least 1 entire cup of leafy greens. Are you getting enough? If not, you might want to study up on how to include more Swiss chard, mustard greens, kale, collards, broccoli, and romaine in your diet.

Kale in particular is a great leafy green to eat during pregnancy because it helps your body to neutralize toxins that can cause cancer. It also prevents ovarian cancer, so if you are having a girl, eat up! It can provide ovarian health benefits to your baby as early as your second trimester. What? Yes. Seriously. I’m having a boy, but I’m pretty fond of my own ovaries, so I’m gonna eat the kale anyway.

Ready to find out how to prepare kale? Yeah, me too. Make sure to grab some at the grocery store and stay tuned 🙂

Ps: I ran 2.5 miles today at 10:00 min/mile pace. Truth. 

10:00 min/mile!

See that pace? Yep, that was me.

You have my permission to raise your eyebrows. I was so impressed with myself that I had a little one-woman dance after I got home. To this song. Btw, best running song ever? I do believe so.