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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The Great Pinterest Affair {Spring Edition}

It’s been absolutely FOR-EVAH since I’ve shared some of my faves on Pinterest.  Shame, shame!!! So let’s just get to it.

 

This week’s Pinterest Round-Up…

Home Decor

No-sew Burlap Curtains

Source: Four Generations One Roof via Sapphire on Pinterest

DIY / Crafts

Hot Glue Gun Holder (What every crafter needs)

Source: One Project Closer via Sapphire on Pinterest

Parties

Popcorn Cupcakes

Source: Ucreate Parties via Sapphire on Pinterest

Handy Tips

Summertime Stove-top Potpourri

Source: The Poor Sophisticate via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fun

Papel Picado Banners

Source: SpanglishBaby via Sapphire on Pinterest

Deliciousness

Ginger, citrus + lack sesame carrots w/ edamame and avocado recipe

Source: The First Mess via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fashion

“Let’s Go Fly a Kite” Dress

Source: The Ribbon Retreat via Sapphire on Pinterest

Mama’s Style 

Minty Cute

Source: Polyvore via Sapphire on Pinterest

Fitness

The 5-minute Ultimate Core Workout

Source:  Health.com via Sapphire on Pinterest

There you have it, the pins that brought a bit of sunshine to my week.  How about you? Have you pinned something worth sharing?

Abrazos, Sapphire

Guac-A-Nana {Baby Food Recipe}

How do you make Lil’ Red’s belly a happy one?  Serve him Guac-A-Nana!

happy monster baby

What’s Guac-A-Nana?  Just the easiest and definitely one of the tastiest homemade baby food recipes out there.  More specifically, it’s the combination of avocado and banana.

I’m a big proponent for making babies first foods.  My type A tendencies kick in here.  I like to know exactly what my baby is putting into his system.  I want to guarantee that he’s getting all the proper nutrients, without any those nasty chemicals.  Plus, I want to develop his palate, so that he’s an adventurous eater.  Besides I find that it’s pretty easy to do, since I make his food in big batches, that last throughout the month.

Back to avocados and bananas which in fact seem to constantly disappear in my household.  It’s like I buy them one day & they’re gone the next.  It’s hard not to see why.  They’re just so darn savory & good for you too. Bananas are full of potassium.  While avocados are a super food, they’re a great source of monounsaturated fat which help increase your fat metabolism.

guacanana

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 avocado

Prep

  1. Mash with a fork or food processor the avocado & banana until smooth, or leave it lumpier for older babies.
  2. Serve immediately.

Buen Provecho Bebé!

Note that you can certainly double this recipe and either refrigerate or freeze the remainders.  However, because both avocados and bananas tend to brown, the “leftovers” will have a top layer of browning.  To avoid this you can squeeze in a bit of lime juice, but this may change the taste.  I pass on the lime when freezing.  When reheating the Guac-A-Nana I make sure to mix it really well and serve.  Lil’ Red enjoys it just the same.  Then again he is a gordito.

guac baby

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

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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

Hello New Week

Like HELLO Monday!! I am totally welcoming you today.  In fact I need a new week.

Hello New Week & Sunny Skies.  I was sick over the weekend. Straight up laid out on my rear kind of sick.  No fun at all.  I’m feeling better & ready to be germ free.

Hello Northern Lights.  Did anyone in the Northeast get to see them?  I was bummed that I struggled to keep my eyes opened & saw nothing.

Hello Rhubarb.  I was at the market yesterday picking up a few things & came across some rhubarb.  It intrigued me, so I tossed it into my cart.  I’ve never had it before, never mind cooked with it.  Do you even cook it?  You know who’s gonna come to my rescue right? Pinterest of course!!  Keep ya posted on what I make.

Hello Ideas! I have lots of great ideas swimming around this brain of mine.  Time to start working on them.  I look forward in sharing.

Hello Pumpkin Pancakes.  The Hubz, Lil Giant & my brother took a Baseball road trip out to Pittsburgh for the weekend.  They went for Opening Day at PNC Park.  Lil Giant is a huge Pirates fan.  On Sunday they stopped at Dor-Stop Restaurant for breakfast.  Now let me tell you this place has the most AHH-MAZING pumpkin pancakes EVER!!  You don’t even need syrup with them, that’s how fluffy, tasty & plain ole’ delicious they are.  OMG I’m drooling just typing.  We had previously visited back in 2011 and I’ve been raving about these pancakes since.  In fact this little restaurant has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  And if Guy says something is good…it’s GOOD!!  Well, The Hubz brought me back an order.  Needless to say that he scored major brownie points & that I was the happiest of campers.  Don’t you just love good food?!

rhys

Hello Chubbz!  This cute critter is 8 months old today.  I just can’t believe how quickly it’s happened.  Lil Red has captured the hearts of the entire family.  He’s so darn cuddly and squeezable that we all want a piece of him.

Alrighty then, let’s get this week going!  Have a beautiful one my friends.

Linking up to Lisa Leonard.

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The Great Pinterest Affair {Fall Edition}

With Fall just making its grand entrance a few days ago, I thought it would be fitting to theme this weeks Pinterest round up, around the colorful season.

This week’s Pinterest Round-Up…

Home Decor

Fall Decorating Inspired by Pottery Barn

Source: Live Laugh Rowe via Sapphire on Pinterest

DIY / Crafts

12 Fantastic Fall Wreaths

Source: Babble via Sapphire on Pinterest

Parties

Masculine Desert Table

Source: Kara’s Party Ideas via Sapphire on Pinterest

Handy Tips

How to Remove the Stench from Sippy Cups

Source: I Can Teach My Child via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fun

Fall Nature Suncatchers with Leaves and Flowers

Source: The Artful Parent via Sapphire on Pinterest

Deliciousness

Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Source: Chef in Training via Sapphire on Pinterest

Kiddie Fashion

Toobydoo {Cute Boy Fashion}


Source: Etsy via Sapphire on Pinterest

Mama’s Style 

Fashion Leg Warmers with Boots

Source: My Daily Randomness via Sapphire on Pinterest

Fitness

7 Tips for Waking up Early to Exercise


Source: You+Me=Fit via Sapphire on Pinterest

There we have it. A little bit of this and a little bit of that to get you & me included into the spirit of Fall.

 

Have a FAB-U-LOUS weekend Friends!