Thursday, January 14, 2010

Eat your chips!

The other night I hosted the 1st night of the in. Wellness Shake off. An inspiring group of women gathered together and we shared our challenges in trying to live healthier. We laughed a lot, strategized together and set goals for the coming weeks. It was awesome! I'm sorry fellas, but there is just nothing better than a great group of women sharing with and supporting each other. There are still 3 more Tuesday's so if you are in NYC, reach out and let me know if you want to join in.

I had promised the ladies some snacks, so on Monday I headed off to the health food store to see what inspired me. I already knew I was going to make the tart I posted several weeks ago but I wanted some other fun treat as well. As I was walking down the snack aisle I noticed a group of women in a feeding frenzy as boxes of Kale Chips were being re-stocked on the shelf. These women were freaking out. Over kale!

But with good reason. Kale chips are actually really, really delicious. They are crispy and salty and have a unique way of almost melting in your mouth.  Plus, Kale is packed with Vitamins A, C &; K, and lots of cancer-preventing phytonutrients, so this is a highly nutritious snack.

Ok, so listen up because I am going to let you in on a secret, you don't need to elbow your way through flocks of women or spend $8  to get yourself some kale chips. They are actually very easy to make right at home, and a large head of kale shouldn't cost you more than $2.50.

Try this recipe, and see for yourself!

Sesame Kale Chips
1 head of kale
1 Tbl. toasted sesame oil
1 Tbl. Olive Oil
1 Tbl. umeboshi Plum vinegar or rice vinegar
2 Tbl. sesame seeds (try to find unhulled)
Ground black pepper, to taste

If you prefer more simple ingredients, olive oil with salt and pepper does the trick! Or add parmesan, nutritional yeast or crushed red pepper…

1. Rinse kale leaves and shake dry. Tear leaves into chip-sized pieces (don't use the thick stems)
2. In a large bowl, combine kale pieces with oil, vinegar and sesame seeds. Mix.
3. Preheat oven to 350F. On two large cookie sheets, spread out kale leaves so they are mostly not overlapping.
4. Bake for about 7 minutes. Flip and move chips around to cook evenly. Bake another 7 minutes or so until crispy (but not burnt)
(adapted from recipe on

All dressed up
and ready to bake.

And... voila!


Want to learn the secret to weight loss success?
Come out to this event that I am doing with Fit 4 Life, Thursday Jan. 21st at 7:30pm. Plus, from 6:30-7:30 you can attend a complimentary Slim Down Fitness class! Email me if you would like to sign up or you can contact Fit 4 Life directly.                                                          

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