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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.

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Remember Me?

13 Oct

Hey there.

You might have noticed that I’ve been curiously absent from the blogosphere this week… or maybe you didn’t notice. Either way, I decided to take a break while I was “on the mend.” Just to catch you up on what I would have written about had I posted, here is a list of what I’ve been up to:

Sleeping
Eating soup
Listening to Harry Potter
Coughing
Watching CNN & loving Anderson Cooper from afar
Not running
Sniffling
Getting a little too fired up about the VP debate
Not cleaning
Not doing much that’s productive

So trust me, you haven’t been missing out on any scintillating details over here because there hasn’t been much going on.

During this week of illness, I did manage to make one superfood recipe that was ridiculously tasty. Yep, it was the carrot ginger soup I promised earlier!

Carrot Ginger Soup + French Peasant Bread

Carrot Ginger Soup + French Peasant Bread

I got both of these recipes from Lynne, who is pretty much a healthy food guru. Someday I plan on having a giant library of healthy recipes stored away for daily use, but until then, I’ll just have to rely on the brains of others…

Carrot Ginger Soup
(ps: I should point out that ginger is a great ingredient to use in cooking for women in their first trimester because it works wonders for nausea–curing it, not causing it :))

Makes 4 servings

4 Tbsp butter
1 cup chopped onion
3 cups chicken stock (I used unsalted vegetable stock and used 4 cups instead of 3 because mine turned out a little too thick)
2 lbs. carrots
3 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp nutmeg
Pepper
Fresh chives for garnish (I left these guys out)

1. Melt butter in saucepan.
2. Add onion and cook for 10 minutes.
3. Add stock, carrots, ginger, nutmeg, and garlic salt and bring to a boil.
4. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
5. Let cool a little and puree in a blender or food processor (or a submersion blender. I realized right before I made this that I actually have a submersion blender. It was a wedding present that I never got around to using until now.)
6. Season with pepper and chives.

I really loved this soup. It was so good! Perfect for a Fall day. And? Packed with some serious nutrition.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Note the Vitamin A… pretty impressive!
Ps: This uses regular old chicken stock rather than unsalted vegetable stock.

And now I’ll leave you with my absolute favorite commercial of all time before I head off to enjoy some serious college football. Enjoy!

What’s Up, Doc?

9 Oct
Carrot & Bunny

Isn’t this little guy adorable?
The bunny, not the carrot…
Though, to be fair, the carrot is fairly attractive as well.

Even though I’m a little late, I’ve risen from my sickbed to announce my superfood of the week: carrots!

Not only are they great for your eyes, they’re also great to eat during pregnancy because they are packed with nutrients.

Specifically, carrots contain about 700% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A that comes from the high levels of beta carotene. Because these nutrients come from plants rather than animals, you are good to eat carrots and not worry about potential harm to your unborn child.

Everyone knows carrots help with your eyesight (because of the high levels of vitamin A), but it’s also good for your baby’s eyes as they develop. Not bad, right?

So add carrots to your grocery list and get excited about some of the yummy carrot recipes that are coming this week 🙂 Here’s a teaser…

Carrot Ginger Soup

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Carrot Ginger Soup is definitely coming your way.

And. Just in case you’re curious, I’m still sick 😦 After talking to my mom today, I think it’s just chest and head cold season. So fun, right?

If you’ve had the misfortune of contracting an annoying virus, here’s my
Sick Kid Survival Kit to get you through the seriously sucky week:

Colds Suck.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup (duh.)
2. Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Nasal Relief
3. Vicks VapoRub
4. Eucerin Aquaphor (To keep lips and nose moisturized)
5. Harry Potter (Because I love him so)

What’s in your Sick Kid Survival Kit? Am I missing anything crucial?

Sick.

8 Oct
Sickness

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This is me.

Michael was sick over the weekend and despite my best efforts to avoid him like the plague and wash my hands enough times to be diagnosed with OCD, I contracted the evil illness as well. So now Michael is great, but I’m the one who feels like a giant mouth-breathing germ.

As per such, I have spent pretty much the entire day in bed listening to Harry Potter, sleeping, and eating soup. I HATE BEING SICK! Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but it’s just miserable.

Look forward to hearing from a happier Dani in a later post 🙂 Until then, here’s to health! Enjoy it, all you non-coughing, non-puking, non-sniffling readers out there. Hopefully I’ll be able able to drop those descriptions soon.