Good morning! This weekend was wonderful. Low key, relaxing, yet productive. Hubbs, Hailey and I ventured into Charlotte Saturday morning and grabbed breakfast at our favorite breakfast place, Zada Janes in Plaza Midwood.
I chowed down on this omelet stuffed with goat cheese, spinach, onions and mushrooms and savored ever bite. It left me wishing Mooresville had more unique restaurants. Instead, Mooresville is the king of chains and I LOATHE it. We just got a new one- IHOP. Ugh.
While driving around I finished up listening to Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. I had read it before, but when I saw it on cd at he library I decided to give it another listen.
It’s such an inspiring book and makes me really look hard at what constitutes healthy eating and how ‘nutritionism’ has skewed society’s view of what to eat. It is most famously known for his food rules of
- Eat food
- Not too much
- Mostly plants
Feeling inspired, I decided to heed his advice and focus on incorporating more plants in my diet, especially leaves. It started at lunch with my Jimmy John’s sandwich… in a lettuce wrap.
Admittedly, it’s kind of a weak excuse for eating healthier. So I took it a step further and decided to cook with a new (to me) ingredient- bok choy! This shrimp, bok choy and noodle bowl was delicious and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy bok choy is to work with.
And to really go the distance, I finally pulled out the dehydrator I have been too intimidated to try.
I don’t know why I was intimidated. It’s the easiest thing in the world to use. For my inaugural dehydrator snack, I made The Fitnessista’s Cool Ranch Kale Chips.
You guys…. WOW. I’ve tried kale chips before and found them to be ok at best, but Gina was NOT kidding when she said that these kale chips have a way of disappearing. The flavors in these chips are addicting and neither Hubbs nor I could wait until they were completely dehydrated to pounce on them.
Oh, you read that right, HUBBS could not get enough! He kept creeping over and sneaking kale chips into his mouth. My meat ad potatoes guy… SNEAKING KALE CHIPS. Incredible.
Even Hailey wanted in on the action… soon my sweet girl, soon.
I made a whole bunch of kale’s worth of chips last night. This morning, they are all gone. They’re that good.
I’m still feeling the glow of healthy eating and pumped up to keep Pollan’s words going through my mind. I’m stocked up on healthy food:
And did all my food prep yesterday.
Bring on the week!
Do you have a favorite kale chip recipe?
What is your favorite leaf to eat?
These kale chips might be my new favorite leaf. Who woulda thunk it?!