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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You’ll want to wash your kale and remove the tough inner stems from the leaves first. Dry kale leaves well with paper towels.

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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.

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Bake for 12-14 minutes or until crisp, turning half way through. Enjoy!!

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Spicy Sea Salt and Black Pepper Kale Chips

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • one bunch of fresh kale
  • 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash your kale and remove the tough inner stems from the leaves. Dry kale leaves well with paper towels.
  3. Tear the kale leaves into large pieces (they will shrink in the oven).
  4. 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.
  5. Layer kale leaves in a single layer on a lined-baking sheet (I used parchment paper).
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until crisp turning half way through. They burn easy, so keep an eye on them!

Notes

Recipe lightly adapted from White on Rice Couple

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2013/05/21/spicy-sea-salt-and-black-pepper-kale-chips/

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26 Responses to Spicy Sea Salt and Black Pepper Kale Chips

  1. Omgeee, I am dangerously obsessed with those sea salt and cracked pepper kettle chips but my goodness are they unhealthy — this recipe might be my new happy place! 🙂

  2. For the longest time I have been wanting to try kale chips! These look great and I bet I would love the flavor!

  3. I’m a Jillian Michaels fan too! I have a bunch of her workout DVDs.

    I love kale! These kale chips sound wondeful! Can’t wait to try them out!

  4. I keep seeing kale chips all over, I think it’s time I finally make some!

  5. Tracey says:

    Yum, I love kale chips. I’ve only made them a few times, but they definitely help satisfy salty cravings!

  6. Rachel Cooks says:

    Loving this take on kale chips!

  7. Oh kale chips! I could eat plates of them…doused in ketchup

  8. I could eat these chips all day – everyday!

  9. I am starting to get into kale chips. These look awesome!

  10. I love how direct and honest Jillian Michaels. I don’t always love her when she yells at me through the TV during her 30-day shred workout, but she sure gets results! Thanks for the healthy kale chip recipe!

    • katrina says:

      haha I know I’m always so mad when I do her workout videos, and then love her after they’re over!

  11. Love that you added red pepper flakes – I do the same to mine! These look so tasty, Katrina!

  12. jodi stewart says:

    Okay. Now we’re ready for football season. <3

  13. Joanne says:

    I was secretly a Biggest Loser and Jillian lover in a former life so I totally get where you’re coming from! And she really is so inspirational. I’m just so amazed by her and a bit jealous that you got the chance to go to such a show! I don’t really ever crave chips but these sound awesome. now…if we could only find some kind of kale substitute for cookies…

  14. Ducky says:

    Doritos!! I swear, those are the death of a good week of heating healthily. It’s like I can’t stop once I have a single chip, and even if I put them away, I know they’re still there in the pantry. Seriously, my boyfriend makes fun of me at how I’ll completely pass by the chip aisle (he’ll go down), only to be confronted by an end display. He’ll find me standing there, holding a bag and pouting. Sigh. Glad the JM tour was great! I think this cemented my wanting to go!

    • katrina says:

      HAHAHA omg, we are Doritos obsessed twins! I highly recommend the tour, and after you watch it you MIGHT be able to pass by the chip aisle with pride, lol.

  15. Yummy! We love it spicy with our kale chips!

  16. Cornelia Bonner says:

    Lately I”m also adding baby spinach, or kale, or dark romaine. I only put a few leaves, you can’t even taste it. But this way I’m getting my dark leafy greens in.

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