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I Heart Oatmeal

22 Oct

I have a killer headache right now. Is it from dehydration? The debate?

Probably a little of both.

Either way, I’m going to make this post short. I wanted to just update you to let you know what superfood I’ll be experimenting with this week.

Oatmeal

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Who doesn’t love oatmeal?

It’s the perfect breakfast for a cold fall morning. But turns out that it is filled with all kinds of great nutrients.

Iron: Just 1/3 cup of dry oats has 10% of your daily iron needs. Because your body is increasing the amount of blood so drastically, iron is really important.

Protein & Fiber: Protein helps you feel fuller, longer, which means that you won’t have the urge to graze throughout the day. Fiber has the same effect. Fortunately, one serving of oatmeal has about 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber.

I usually think of a hot breakfast when I imagine oatmeal, but I’ve also eaten it uncooked and it is just so great. Unlike kale, the evil leafy green, oatmeal is tasty anyway you look at it. I’m pretty sure coming up with recipes made with oatmeal are going to be easy peasey.

Ps: I know I mention the debates every time they’re on. And sorry if you’re the apolitical type, but they just get me so antsy. I am so glad they’re over! I just hate to hear the candidates going after each other, but I still think it’s important to watch to understand what’s going on. Dang politicians. Anyone else ready for November 7? I think the day after the election is going to be blissfully uneventful 🙂

Pss: Only 5 more days to the Dawn of the Dead Dash!! I have the perfect runner/zombie costume planned. Stay tuned for the gory pics!

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.

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?