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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

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.

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.