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3 Ways to Cook Kale

When I first decided to clean up my diet I knew I had to add more greens. Kale has built up a reputation of being a “super” green. So I knew I should start eating kale.

I was most intrigued by kale chips, which is now my favourite way to eat kale, but there are many ways to eat kale.

Boiled or Steamed

Wash it, tear it from the stem and throw it in a pot of boiling water. This is the simplest way to eat kale. I will do this with pasta or throw it in with rice as it’s boiling. The kale will take about 5 minutes to cook to be soft and edible. Don’t bother with the stems, they are extremely tough. It’s also good on its own as a side. Cover the bottom of a frying pan with water, bring it to a boil and fill the pan with kale, let it steam until soft, add salt and pepper or any desired seasoning.

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Raw

You have probably noticed how tough kale is, and maybe you’ve tried to eat it raw and thought this doesn’t seem edible. The secret to eating raw kale is once you have rinsed it clean, torn it away from the stem into bite size pieces and put into a bowl, pour a table spoon or so of olive oil and squeeze half a lemon over it. Massage the oil in with your hands, this actually takes the toughness away. You can than add more salad ingredients to it or just eat it on its own.

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Baked

This is my favourite, crispy kale chips. A great snack or side dish.

Kale Chips

Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale
1 table spoons of coconut oil
1 table spoon of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350. Spoon 1 table spoon of coconut oil on a baking sheet and put in oven to melt. Rinse kale and tear into chip size pieces avoiding the hard stem. Bake for 10 minutes, check chips and stir. Bake for 2-5 more minutes. It’s a very fine line between great crispy kale chips and burnt kale chips, watch carefully when returning to the oven.

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Roasted Nuts & Sugar Cravings

This is one of my favourite snack recipes that I found while doing the 10 day sugar detox. I keep it handy when thinking about cutting back or giving up sugar for a while, like the 72 Hour Sugar Free Challenge starting this Monday.

When I crave sugar I find it helpful to deal with cravings by eating good fat and drinking water or herbal tea.

A craving means our body needs something, 90% of the time it’s water. We will also get cravings when our body needs vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Sugar has totally changed the game, we have been brainwashed by sugar. Our brains get addicted to sugar and instead of craving what we really need, the brain just wants sugar. Which makes cravings very confusing.

So try some water or herbal tea first. If that craving is not going away a good fat snack will give your body the energy it might be craving. If it’s still there try something naturally sweet like fruit. If the craving still does not go away, and you made a good effort, satisfy the craving with something sweet. Ice cream or chocolate are my go to’s, be aware of how much does it take to feel satisfied? This is something to experiment with and bring your awareness towards.

I really do love this easy to make roasted nut recipe.

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Roasted Mixed Nuts

Ingredients:
4 1/2 cups of mixed nuts
3 table spoons of coconut oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. In  large bowl combine coconut oil and spices, if the coconut oil is not a liquid microwave for 30 sec until it is. Pour the mixed nuts  into the bowl to coat in the oil and spices. Spread the nuts in an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 20-30 min, stirring and tossing occasionally until lightly toasted. Cool and enjoy. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutritional Analysis per serving (1/4 cup nuts): Calories 206; Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 4 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Fiber 3 g; Protein 5g; Carbohydrates 8g; Sodium 66 mg

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