When it comes to being healthy and fit, I find it’s good to have a good kick in the butt once and a while.
On Saturday I went to the Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life Tour. I have always been a closeted Jillian fan – I’ve read every book she’s ever written, own EVERY DVD she’s made, and listen to her podcast religiously. Sooo I bought a ticket for one to the show, went completely alone, and had the best experience I have ever had at a live show. Hands down.
There were a lot of take-aways at the show. It was broken into three parts; nutrition, fitness, and “working on yourself”. The first part talked about the importance of fitness, “moving” in general, managing calories, eating as clean as possible, and the repercussions of putting junk into your body. Jillian also talked about why it is so important to read labels (something my boy wishes I would take less time doing at the grocery store).
Clean eating is something I do 80% of the time, and I think that’s ok. Actually, if you’re a long time reader maybe that’s why you pop by here! I bake buttery treats a few times a month, and I eat crazy delicious vegetarian meals the rest of the time. Life is a crazy, and I love it! So I went to this show to help me, if possible, to try to get the best out of this short time I have on the planet.
The “working on self” part of the show was the part I was mostly there for. If you’re a runner, or know a runner, then you know that training takes a lot of time, and sometimes you can feel selfish when for example, your partner wants to get up early to go to the farmers market on Sunday, but you can’t because you have a three hour long run planned. The tour helped me realized that HEY! It’s ok to do this! Stop feeling bad for wanting to be healthy! It put things in perspective, and I’m truly grateful to have it now.
ANYWAY! I made these delicious kale chips recently to beat off a maaaaad craving I was having for chips (Doritos specifically). When the body wants salt, thank goodness for these!! So delicious.
You’ll want to wash your kale and remove the tough inner stems from the leaves first. Dry kale leaves well with paper towels.
Tear the kale leaves into large pieces (they will shrink in the oven) and place them in a large bowl. Slowly drizzle olive oil over it and add sea salt, red pepper flakes, and fresh cracked black pepper. The kale needs to be lightly coated with oil or it will go limp and greasy. Layer kale leaves in a single layer on a lined-baking sheet.
Bake for 12-14 minutes or until crisp, turning half way through. Enjoy!!
- one bunch of fresh kale
- 1/2 tbsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash your kale and remove the tough inner stems from the leaves. Dry kale leaves well with paper towels.
- Tear the kale leaves into large pieces (they will shrink in the oven).
- Place kale leaves in large bowl. Slowly drizzle olive oil over it and add sea salt, red pepper flakes and fresh cracked black pepper. The kale needs to be lightly coated with oil or it will go limp and greasy.
- Layer kale leaves in a single layer on a lined-baking sheet (I used parchment paper).
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until crisp turning half way through. They burn easy, so keep an eye on them!
Recipe lightly adapted from White on Rice Couple