Delicious Kale Chips Recipe

Delicious Kale Chips Recipe

Crunchy Kale Chips4-Reasons Kale Chips Benefit Your Mind, Body and the WorldAre you a sweet or salty person?Sweets have always been my kryptonite, so searching for ways to satisfy my sweet tooth without experiencing blood sugar spikes and crashes was my priority.However, when my hubby and I met in Boulder, we both had grad students' budgets.We loved finding happy hours with $2 beers and half-priced appetizers.Because Boulder is a strange and wonderful place, kale chips happened to be one of the most popular menu items at our favorite restaurant, so we thought... it could be worth a try.We were floored.These chips were - dare I say - better than regular potato chips.But that grad student budget motivated my sweet hubby to do a little research (one of his favorite things) and figure out how we could make these at home.Here's what we learned: there's a right way and a soggy way to prepare kale chips.I don't feel this black-and-white about many things,...
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Leg & booty workout – part 1

Leg & booty workout – part 1

Send me the DOUBLE Workout Cheat Sheet This one's for all the mamas who may not have oodles of motivation or hours of time.I don't know about you, but at 26-weeks preggo, I'm was going for strength and endurance over aesthetics.SIDE NOTE: I've got to say, while working out was pretty tough for me mentally and physically at this point, it made me feel a little less anxious about birth and all things baby and I believe that it prepared me for a tricky labor and natural birth. Now, just like Part 1 - the Barre Workout for ANY-Body, you definitely do not need to be pregnant to benefit GREATLY from this workout. SEND ME MY CHEAT SHEET https://youtu.be/UjNeqJgMM2sIn fact, you may have even more fun if you're not carrying another human being. (wink)Either way, you'll definitely want to get your hands on the DOUBLE Workout Cheat Sheet so that you can:  Enhance THIS workout by turning it into a total body workout (I'll show you all 3...
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8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

8-months postpartum: wellness starts somewhere

The difference between these two? One year. Our bodies change DRASTICALLY when we have babies (DUH) but I have found that the shift within our MINDS can be even more significant. Just in case you're anywhere near where I was 3 months ago, don't YOU DARE settle for "I guess this is just how I am now." (As in cranky, tired, apathetic, giving up on myself, did I mention irritable?) HIDING behind cozy flannels, behind my exhaustion, behind my excuses was quickly becoming my new MO. GOODNESS, the shift did NOT happen all at once, but it DID take ONE simple but CLEAR "I need something to CHANGE" moment. That made THE difference for me. Start with nourishing food. Or start with empowering workouts. Or begin with a gratitude journal. WHEREVER you start, just make sure you begin. Because, life is too short, a year passes in a flash and the truth is: you DESERVE to feel your best. No matter what. YOUR BEST might not mean feeling comfy in...
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4-steps to transition into a postpartum fitness program

4-steps to transition into a postpartum fitness program

The recovering perfectionist, extremist, yo-yo-queen, in me wants to tell you a secret that you PROBABLY already know in your heart: The question has NEVER been "will x, y or z work." I mean... the reality is that any pill, wrap, chemical powder, extreme diet or crazy workout program WILL work. For a little while. But what I know is that most of us don't have the time, energy or emotional resilience to ride that roller coaster anymore. We deserve so•much•better. Can we just be DONE putting our bodies through those crashes and disappointments? D O N E. And I'll admit: I was afraid, coming off of the (breast-feeding friendly) cleanse that I did this Spring. I feared that I'd return to my eating-while-standing-with-my-baby-on-my-hip habits, grabbing whatever I could put together with one hand and hoping his extraordinarily long {and freakishly STRONG} arms wouldn't intercept my next bite. Rather than letting that FEAR eat at me, I chose to do what I recommend almost every...
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5 months postpartum: FORGET diets

5 months postpartum: FORGET diets

If I could tell you about the GAP between these moments - the tears, frustration, sleep deprivation, teething... oh the teething - then it would make a little more sense when I share this: F*ck diets, hot trends, and OTHER PEOPLE's side-by-sides (including mine). YOU need to find what works for YOU. And (WARNING: tough love comin' at ya) you need to STICK•to•that•plan. I struggled for the first 5 months of my little man's life because I KNEW what worked well for MY body. I knew what I needed, but I told myself that I didn't have the energy, time, motivation, etc to IMPLEMENT. Maybe that was true. It sure FELT true. But the MOMENT I started OWNING my excuses + GIVING a little more to ME, my body AND MY MIND started to shift. I felt a little less anxious. I felt energy slowly return. I felt my moods even out. I felt stronger. I felt capable. Finally. I felt content in my skin. Confident even. I felt like I get beyond...
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CAUTION: pregnancy do’s and don’ts

CAUTION: pregnancy do’s and don’ts

I'm curious: how many things have you been cautioned about doing/NOT doing while pregnant... or while parenting... or while simply living your life? I'm finding that the debates are NUTS about what "should/shouldn't" be done and what is "wrong/right" for momma and baby. Clearly, I'm quite new to this scene, but I've been shocked at BOTH how fear seems to rule one's way of life AND how extreme distrust for "the system" forces people to ward off ANY recommendations. Historically, I'm no better; I've struggled with an extremist mind as long as I can remember, but this process {for me} needs to be far more balanced and grounded than the swings of extreme rule-following or extreme rebellion. Personally, the two ways I find the most peace, freedom AND safety in my decision-making process are through: • a range of research from a variety of sources • my own intuition ...and letting go of the fear & reality of judgment We're all doing the very best we can for ourselves,...
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