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Bressert Kale Chips + My New Baby!

Good morning love doves!! How are you?

I have had the best. weekend. ever so far. Started off with a gorgeous run, a get-together that MAY have lasted past two a.m. and involved Chubby Bunny, brunch with this lady including tons of juice, waffles, and our new food revolution:

Bressert Kale Chips!

In case you were wondering, it’s breakfast and dessert put together. And these are amazing. As we were discussing what to make for brunch, I said, “I wonder if anyone has ever made sweet kale chips?”

So both of our jaws dropped and Bressert Kale Chips were born.

We decided on making Vanilla Cinnamon-Raisin Bressert Kale Chips…

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Oh hot darn.

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Vanilla Cinnamon-Raisin Bressert Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • 1.25 cups cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup water
  • Cinnamon (1-2 tsp.)
  • Raisins
  • Vanilla Stevia drops (about 20)
  • Maple syrup or agave to taste

Directions:

  1. Blend cashews and water, then add all ingredients but raisins.
  2. Add raisins and stir to combine after blending.
  3. Completely massage into chopped kale with mixture and dehydrate overnight.
  4. Devour.

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You cannot even taste the kale in these. It is absolutely redonk, and absolutely delicious. I have no idea why this has never been done before, but I have to say I have never been more impressed with a recipe idea in my entire life.

Katelyn + Lisa = dynamic duo :)

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It should come as no surprise that we ate the entire batch.

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Oh and we also ate the entire batch of the Chocolate Bressert Kale Chips. Chocolatey deliciousness? Yezzir:)

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Chocolate Bressert Kale Chips

Instructions:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for a few hours)
  • 20 drops Cocoa Bean Extract (I love NuNaturals)
  • 1tbsp cacao powder (or you could use carob)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (local!)

Directions:

  1. Blend cashews and water, then add all other ingredients.
  2. Completely massage into chopped kale with mixture and dehydrate overnight.
  3. Devour.

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Ohhh snap!

Or should I say….

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Crunch?

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Smiles all around:) We ate the entirety of both batches.

Why we are such culinary geniuses, I have no idea.

So besides the fact that we both ate our own weight in kale chips (at least a cup of cashoos each..I wish I was joking), we also had to have some spritzers (no, madre and padre, no need to worry about alcohol).

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She made juice in her rockstar GREEN STAR juicer, it is gorg. It included beet greens, dandelion greens, beets, lemon, parsley, green apple, carrot, and celery.

We combined it with Ginger Ale Zevia for bubbliness and to cut the bitterness:) But I am pretty sure it was just another excuse for us to use Zevia.

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Since everyone could use a bit more bubbly in their lives.

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Most people would say this looks narsty but I would like to disagree and say it looks scrumdidlyumptious. I espech love the bubblies that the Zevia makes. Doesn’t it look like chia seed gel?!

But no brunch is complete without breakfast foods. Like waffles that taste like cake.

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Damnnn shawty, how you get so fly?!

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Sprouted buckwheat pancakes with sun warrior, cashoo cream, dehydrated buckwheat/coconut/chia cereal, raspberries and blueberries, and pomegranate juice chia seed gel.

^^ Gorg photo a la Lisa. It is so pretty!

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Delicious. Very filling. But not for long:) Lisa and I have the same appetite clock, we both were “mouth hungry” as we like to say, and so we had a second brunchy brunch. Another waffle each, except it started as only half:)

We can never eat just one!

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Oh and in case you were wondering, kale chips are REALLY good on top of waffles. Like the kind of good when you would put potato chips in your sandwich as a kid. Except WAY healthier!

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Zevia, in a wine glass. What, you don’t drink everything out of a wine glass?

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The Big Surprise: My new baby!

The other day, Lisa tweeted that she had a surprise for me. And when it comes to surprises I absolutely LOVE them but I hate waiting to find out what it is!! It drives me semi-crazy, but in a good way.

And Lisa completely made my day year. My babygirl gave me a JUICER!

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Lisa has officially won her spot as a bridesmaid in my future wedding. I have never been so happy in my life:)

I have not yet decided what to name her. My Droid is named Lulu, my computer Adele, and my iPod is Celeste. Any name suggestions?

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Yup it’s love. Ignore the hair, it may have to do with the fact that I was out until two last night and didn’t exactly shower this morning. No comment.

At least I brushed my hair :)

Anywho, with this new baby I had to do some juicin’. And it was delicious. I am in love, it is so much simpler than my blender and much quieter. My blender sounds like a monster waking up every morning.

Don’t come within 100 feet of my house any morning between the hours of five and nine, your ears may weep.

My first homemade juice!!

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Look at all of those vitamins! I used spinach, celery, carrot, parsley, lemon, and red pepper.

Poifect snack after a long day of cashoo eating:)

The afternoon and evening was spent with one of my biffs chatting and eating salads and a Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic bowl. Praise sweet baby Jesus, I had not had one all day and it tasted SO good:)

Get ready for some more surprises coming soon:) I have exciting things coming in the mail for me and I cannot sit still in my seat, I can’t wait for them to come!!

See you tomorrow loves:)

What are your favorite juice combos?

No idea yet:) Give me ideas!!

Requests for the next flava flavs of Bressert Kale Chips?

We have some exciting flavor ideas coming up, but we would love your suggestions!!

Favorite waffle topping. GO!

Chia seed gel (carob is mah fave), fruit, and almond butter:)

p.s. Did anyone see the moon last night?! Holy man! I have never seen it so big and bright. Absolutely beautiful.

xoxox,

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CK Runs Her First 5K!

GOOD MORNING! :)

Woah, CK, you’re a little happy this morning…but you know, that’s just me, spreadin’ the sunshine!

Why am I so happy, you’re wondering?

I FINISHED MY FIRST 5K TODAY! In exactly 30:15. I’m still in shock.

Have you ever been surprised by how strong your body truly is?

I definitely feel that I could’ve run much harder and faster, but my goal for today was just to run the whole thing. And I did! It feels so good to reach your goals :)

By the way, it was cold! 60 degrees F..and to most of you runnahs, that probably seems absolutely lovely (which it ended up being). But for my little lungs that were mostly unexposed to the elements, it was cuhhrazay. I had to run the first mile with a jacket on!

Most importantly though, I ran this race with my papa by my side :) He was such a great motivator and really helped me to keep with my form (major love and thanks to Chi Running! absolute geniuses).

Oh dang, picture FAIL! At least you can see the family love :)

CK Dad is a seasoned runner - he’s completed our local marathon more times than I can count, the Boston Marathon twice, and will be running the New York City Marathon come November. He’s such an incredible inspiration to me, and I don’t know if I would’ve done as well today if he wasn’t there to truly just be there. I love my papa with all my heart, he is such an incredible father :)

After today’s race, I decided it was time to start running outside. I thought that going from treadmill running to an outdoor race would absolutelykill me, but instead it was easy, peaceful, and nicer. I was in my own happy running place, oblivious to other runners – I used to be so conscious of the people around me and never be able to keep my own pace, but today that was completely different. My pace was mine, I was listening to my body, and most importantly I was conscious of everything within myself. The only problem was that my lungs really were not used to the coolness of the outdoors, so when it was time to bring out the big guns, my lungs started to feel the brunt of the cold and it made me nauseus.

Question: Do you have any solutions for this? Tricks that help your breathing? Ways to avoid feeling nauseus?

Please let me know! I would love any of your tips and advice :)

As for you lovely people, here’s a list of Things I would recommend before your first 5K or race:

  • Sleep in your running clothes the night before. Seriously! I do this on nights when I’m feeling unmotivated or tired, but it makes waking up (and getting out to run!) much quicker, simpler, and easier. Plus, it’s motivation since you’re already wearing your gear!
  • Wake up within the hour of your race. If I wait more than an hour to run after I wake up, I get hungry – and any food in my belly before I run gives me major crampage. Plus, it gives you ample time to….
  • Hydrate! I cannot stress this enough. Before any race, workout, or run, hydration is key. It wakes you up, gets your gears running, and keeps your muscles and cells happy while you work out. Water is the the fuel of life, my friends :)
  • Warm up. Take 5 to 10 minutes to jog around, stretch, and get your muscles warm. You’ll be glad you did when your muscles carry you effortlessly (and cramp-lessly!) through your race/workout. Jogging gets your muscles loose, and stretching releases lactic acid and other soreness-inducing chemicals from your muscles, allowing you to run your hardest with as little muscle strain as possible. This is also important before any workout – train well and race well :)
  • Cool down. After your race (or workout) take time to let your muscles cool down by jogging or walking, and hydrate! Hydrating post-workout is just as important as hydrating before you workout. Remember the water your drank before your run? Your body used it during your workout, sweated it out, and needs to be replenished. So for the sake of your muscles, your body, and your training, take time to treat your muscles and your body well – water and a gradual cool-down.
  • Eat well. I think this speaks for itself! Eat nutritious, good-for-you foods – especially, within 20 minutes or so after your race/workout (your muscles need replenished glucose, protein, and fuel in general!). For more on this, you can read my philosophy.

Last night, about to go to bed in my race clothes :)

First 5K shirt! :)

Post-race brunch pictures and recipe will be up later, as well as yesterday’s yums! (and recipes, ahhhbviously :) )

See you later lovlies, hope everyone’s enjoying their Sunday! Time to go work on my summer reading :] Fall semester starts Tuesday.. (ahh!). Looks like I’ve got some work to do. Here I come, Beowulf! You ain’t got nothin’ on me ;)

xoxox,

p.s. I’m planning on signing up for another 5K race! (oh, man, crazy CK…) It’s September 25th, and proceeds benefit a children’s charity – this time, I’ll be ready for anythang :)

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