Kale Chips {Recipe}

Do I have an easy and clean recipe for you!  Since taking up Clean Eating, I have also challenged myself to try new foods.  I’m so glad that I have, because I’ve learned to eat some great tasting & healthful foods.  And that’s how I came across this recipe.

Can I tell you I absolutely LOOOOOOVE chips.  I mean it.  I mostly prefer salty snacks over sweet ones.  And chips certainly fit the bill.  So, when I saw this recipe on Instagram I knew I wanted to try it.  Plus, I’ve been buying lots of kale for smoothies and wanted to try it in a different form.

Ok, so are you ready for a quick, easy & inexpensive snack?  Here we go.

kale chips recipe

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt

Prep:

  • Grab a few stalks of kale, separate the leaves from the rib, cut or tear them into smaller pieces
  • Pat dry the kale
  • Drizzle & toss the kale with olive oil
  • Lay them on a cookie sheet covered with foil or parchment paper
  • Lightly spread the sea salt
  • Pop in the oven at 300 degrees for 15-17 minutes. You want to make sure the kale is crispy like a chip.
  • Let cool or enjoy right out the oven.

Didn’t I tell you I had an easy recipe for you?  Let it be known that once you pop one in your mouth you won’t believe that you’re eating a veggie, cause it taste just like a chip.   And best part, is that you can make a huge batch, then divi it up into baggies for later.  Oh and of course the cost is way less than any chip, you’ll find at the grocery store, plus the health benefits.   Can you tell that I’m pumped about these?

Well go, go, go get some kale & make some chips, you’re gonna like em.  Buen Provecho!

Abrazos, Sapphire

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Hello Monday {Milestones, Ideas & Fresh Start}

It’s a new week, a fresh start! The month is almost over & Summer right around the corner.  Woot Woot!

So, let’s say some Hellos & link up to the Lovely Lisa.

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Hello Rain.  Seems like you’re here to stay.  At least it’ll be warm for the next few days.

Hello Milestones.  Lil’ Red has been up to lots.  Enjoying Cheerios for the first time.  Cutting two more teeth.  Zooming around in his walker.  Turning 9 months old.  Sigh! It’s all going by so quickly.  Can’t I just hit the pause button for a bit.

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Hello Ideas.  There are ton swimming around in my head & even more written down in my journal & typed on my cell.  Now it’s time to prioritize them & get to working.

Hello Photo Shoot.  Gordita is getting dance portraits taken this week.

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Hello NYC Road Trip.  We’ll be spending Memorial Day Weekend in NYC for a change.  I’m looking forward to catching up with friends.

Hello Week 3 of Insanity.  I skipped a day over the weekend. But I woke up nice & early today to get back on the wagon.  It feels good & I’m loving the difference I’m seeing in my body.

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Hello Parmesan Wonton Chips.  I’m planning on trying this recipe this week.

And here we are again, Friends!  Time to get another week underway!  Have a great one!

Abrazos, Sapphire

Listen to the Beat {Running Music}

I’ve been hitting the pavement quite a bit as of late, and having a great time with it.  However, I recently did a 5 miler race with my co-worker & let me tell you that it went horribly.  I wasn’t a quarter of a mile in and I wanted to quit.  I just couldn’t find my groove, my legs felt heavy & my brain foggy.  Lousy race or not, I did manage to finish but with a weak time of 53.4 minutes.  I’ve known for some time that every run won’t be my best; I just hadn’t realized that neither will be every race.

Two days later I ran my typical four miles, did great time and enjoyed myself.  Go figure!

I wonder if my new playlist had anything to do with it.  I have to admit my previous running playlist had gotten pretty stale.  I’m one of those runners that NEED their music.  There’s two schools of thought when it comes to music while running.  The purist are all about listening to their bodies, their breathing, foot falls & taking in the scenery.  While runners like me use the music to zone out, get into a groove but also take in the scenery.

I put my new playlist together on Spotify.  Here’s what I’m rocking to these days, a little bit of hip-hop, house and pop.

may running playlist

Do you ever find some runs or races are better than others?  How about music are you a purist or do you need your tunes?

Abrazos, Sapphire

Hello Monday {My Ballerina}

Hello Amigos!!  And why Hello Monday!  You’re here again?  So soon?

 How was everyone’s weekend & Mother’s Day?  Mine was just right!

 The highlight of the weekend was Gordita’s Dance Recital on Saturday.  She looked absolutely adorable in her costume.  You may remember that I mentioned I feared she wouldn’t dance on the BIG day.  Well I was wrong.  She shook what her momma gave her just fine.  In fact she brought me to tears.  I couldn’t help myself; I became overwhelmed with pride seeing my baby girl up there on that big stage, doing her thing.  She never ceases to amaze me.

ballerina

ballerina

Hello New Week.  I’m not sure about you, but I guess let’s get it started. 

 Hello Week 2 of Insanity.  Today is my rest day, boy am I thankful.  I have muscles that apparently I haven’t used in years that are all achy.

 Hello Laundry.  I’m so not ready to tackle you.  Wishing I could twitch my nose & you would wash & put your self away clothes.

 Hello to Keeping It Simple this week.

Linking up to the Lovely Lisa.

Abrazos, Sapphire

Hello Monday {New Possibilities}

It’s the last week of April! Can you believe it?  We’re almost at the midway point of the year.  How did that happen?  Time really is just zooming right by.

I’m really making a point to embrace the big and small moments.  Because in a blink of an eye everything can change.  With that being said. Let’s say HELLO to a new week and new possibilities.

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Hello to spending time with cousins.  The Pollitos had the opportunity to hang with some of their cousins over the weekend.  That’s always a treat.

Hello to Big Girl Time.  The Bestie & I also had our chance to spend quality time together.  Talking about life, the kids & everything else in between.

lil red

Hello Teething.  Lil’ Red has a case of the ouchies.  He’s got 3 teeth making their way down.  One in particular is about to cut through.  As a result, he’s super clingy.  He just wants me to carry him, snuggle with him & just be all about him.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to squeeze a chunky baby, but I have to get things done.  Not so easy, when I have a 24 pounder clinging to one arm.  This too shall pass, right?!?!

Hello Rockin’ Report Card.  Lil Giant brought home a remarkable report card on Friday.  His daddy and I are just so proud of him.

Hello Law Day Race.  I’m running my first race of the season with a co-worker.  Funny thing is that we’re not sure if we signed up for the 5 mile or 5k.  Our plan is to see what we’re up to running the day of our race.  Silly gals!

Hello StrawFest.  I know we just wrapped up the weekend, but my mind is already on next weekend.  Sunday, the Pollitos & I are heading back into the City to hang with a bunch of my hermanas at College of New Rochelle’s Annual StrawFest.  Just can’t wait.

Alright mi gente, let’s get it in this week!

Abrazos, Sapphire

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Clean Rhubarb Strawberry Muffins {Recipe}

Yesterday, I gave you the low down on Clean Eating.  And last week I told you how I had picked up rhubarb for the first time and was looking for a recipe to experiment with.  Well I found the perfect one over at CDKitchen.com and adapted it into a clean recipe.

clean rhubarb and strawberry muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup of soy milk
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 3 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup minced rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries

Prep:

  1. Combine egg, milk, apple sauce, honey and agave syrup in a small bowl.
  2. Combine flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. Mix liquid ingredients into large bowl.
  4. Fold in fruits.
  5. Fill lined muffin tins.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Check them with a toothpick to make sure they’re done.
  7. Yields 1 1/2 dozen.
  8. Enjoy them as a snack or as a quickie breakfast.

Buen Provecho!

I’m so glad that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone with food, because I really enjoy the taste of rhubarb.  I have some left and am thinking of making jam with it.  Off to peruse the net for another recipe.

Have you tried any new foods lately?

Abrazos, Sapphire

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The Dish on Clean Eating

Eat Clean

{Source}

Type “What is Clean Eating?” into Google and I’m certain you’re gonna find a wealth of knowledge.  In late January, I definitely did.

I had become intrigued by the concept, after seeing a ton of photos of delicious looking meals, my friend Toniann was posting on Facebook.   She had begun her weight loss / clean eating journey just a few short months earlier.  I reached out to her & she gave me the 411 on Clean Eating.  She even invited me to become a part of a Challenge Group she was putting together for the month of February.

And thus started my journey.

As I told her, following the birth of Lil Red I was pumped to get back into shape.  But then life happened.  Life with 3 kids happened.  I didn’t seem to have enough arms or hours in the day.  Plus as I have the tendency of doing, I over-extended myself.  Something I’m working on fixing.  Anyhoo, by January I knew that I had to do something.  I was especially tired of looking at all the clothes in my closet that I couldn’t fit into.  Soooo frustrating!

On February 1st I jumped into Toniann’s group with an open-mind & ready to make changes.

Here’s the dish on Clean Eating.

It can vary depending on who you ask.  This is what I’ve taken away the last few months.

Clean eating is the concept of eating food in it’s most natural state or as close as possible.  Enjoying plenty of fruit and veggies; lean protein; complex carbohydrates and healthy fats.  It’s steering clear from preservatives, additives and all the other junk put into most pre-packaged meals.  It’s also about eating several small meals a day (5-6); drinking a ton of water, at least half your weight in ounces; choosing organic when possible; learning how to read food labels; understanding portion control.  We’ve become this nation that is always on the Go-Go-Go, leading us to neglect our temples & more times than necessary opt for meals coming from a clown’s mouth.  As a “clean eater” you are consciously making the decision to carve time out of your day, week or month to prep good healthy food.  It’s also about embracing brown baggin’ lunch.  You’re accepting that food shouldn’t be laced with a ton of chemicals, dyes and who knows what else to taste good.

Some believe in eliminating certain foods from their diets, like cheese, dairy, sugar, white flour and fast food.  I subscribe to notion of “Everything in Moderation.” Nevertheless, I have dumped sugar, white flour and fast food, but I NEED cheese.  Ohhh just thinking about Babybel cheese, I get all gaga.

Then there are others who allow themselves a cheat meal either weekly or monthly.  A cheat meal would be considered a dish that isn’t particularly clean (i.e. cold cuts, hot dogs, donuts) or high in fat and calories.  Initially, I too allowed myself one cheat meal a week.  But I noticed how I was seeing food & becoming way to critical.  So instead, I stick true to the main concepts of clean eating, but won’t kick myself in the butt if I decide to have a bowl of Kix, a day or two after I’ve had my cheat meal.

That’s clean eating in a nutshell.

And here it is April and I MUST tell you that I am feeling AH-MAZING!  I’ve lost weight & inches. I’m almost back to my pre-preggo weight. I have a ton of energy.  My skin is glowing.  I’m working out regularly. And most importantly I have made this paramount lifestyle change, that is benefiting me and in turn my family.

I’m also giddy with excitement to share everything that I’m learning about clean eating, my experiences and the yummy recipes I’ve been trying.  So let me share with you that my go-to place for deliciousness is the wonderful blog The Gracious Pantry.   Instagram has also been a tremendous place for inspiration.  I’ve begun following other users that follow the Clean Eating Lifestyle.

I’m gonna sign off here, because chances are that I can keep talking about this.  This is what happens when I get all charged up about something.  But I will tell you this, come back tomorrow cause I’m gonna share with you my first clean recipe.

Abrazos, Sapphire