Friday, September 25, 2015

5 Ways to Sneak Kale into your Diet

Okay so here's the short version of my relationship with kale: I hear kale is a healthy superfood, I attempt to eat it, I don't like the taste of it, I find sneaky ways to get it into my diet.

kale recipes

After trying kale for the very first time, I didn't exactly understand what all the fuss was about...until I looked up the nutrition facts (featured below courtesy of  good 'ole Google). Kale is a great source of protein and potassium while having a pretty low calorie count. Not to mention, it's jam packed with vitamins and antioxidants. So I got creative. Yes, you can try to choke down kale soup, but here are a few sneaky ways to get kale into your diet while still pleasing the palate.

  1. Amount Per 

    Calories 33
  2. % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 0.6 g0%
    Saturated fat 0.1 g0%
    Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
    Monounsaturated fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg0%
    Sodium 25 mg1%
    Potassium 329 mg9%
    Total Carbohydrate 6 g2%
    Protein 2.9 g5%
    Vitamin A133%Vitamin C134%
    Vitamin D0%Vitamin B-610%
    Vitamin B-120%Magnesium7%

Grilled Cheese and Kale

Okay, it sounds weird, but when it's melted in with cheese you can hardly taste the kale at all! I know grilled cheese doesn't sound like the healthiest option, but if you grab some whole wheat bread and low-fat cheddar cheese, you are good to go. Don't forget to chop off the kale stems first.

Mini Kale Breakfast Quiche

For this one, chop up 1 ounce of baby kale and throw it into a mixture of eggs, onions, tomatoes, and a little sharp cheddar cheese. Heat the oven to 350 degrees, pour the contents into a muffin tin, and bake 18 minutes for mini breakfast delights.

Kale Smoothies

This is one of my favorite ways to get in a large serving of kale without ever tasting it. I've tried a few different recipes but my favorite has to be a mix of Greek yogurt, bananas, strawberries, lemon juice, and skim milk with a full cup of kale.

Mixed Kale Salad

This one is pretty simple. Add a little bit of baby kale to your salad or  mixed greens for a tender, flavorful salad.

Kale Muffins

I haven't actually tried this one, but the recipe looks really delicious. Just chop baby kale and add it  into the mixture of other healthy ingredients like oats and flax seed. Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite ways to sneak kale into your weekly diet?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This Year's Fall Favorite Essentials

Happy fall, everybody! Fall is absolutely my favorite season of all time. Whether it's the smell of burning leaves, crisp air or beautiful scenery, I'm thrilled when September rolls around. It's been that way for as long as I can remember. Recently, I've stumbled across a couple of things that have made fall truly feel like fall here in Indianapolis. Pumpkin spice lattes, candles that smell like cinnamon, and new nail colors are just a few of my fall favorite essentials this year. 

Fall favorite essentials

Autumn Wreath

Fall decor is one of those essentials that's pretty hard to pass up. We've had the same "Welcome" wreath on our front door for the past year and I just couldn't pass on the opportunity to swap it our for a fall one. I love coming home to a festively decorated front door. It truly puts you is a fall mood.


Oh yes - this one is a given. When I learned Starbucks was changing their pumpkin spice latte recipe, I was slightly nervous. After giving it a try, I have to say I'm a fan. Not to mention the iced version is uh-maz-ing. The flavor seems to be more bold and spicy. Fall favorite? I think yes.

Essie Wicked Nail Polish

I'm going to be in a wedding this weekend and the colors are gold, burgundy, and navy blue. I wanted a deep red nail color to complement my gold dress and discovered Wicked. This color is a must-have for fall. Obsessed!

Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte + Poreless

I usually buy MAC foundation for everyday wear, but found myself browsing the makeup aisle at Target when I ran out this time around. I needed something that wasn't super heavy and made my skin look clean and fresh. I picked this one to try and it's become one of my fall favs. Not only did they have the shade I needed, (my skin color is close to translucent) but the matte element gave me a finished look with just a couple sweeps across my face.

Pumpkin Spice Candle

There is nothing better than lighting a candle on fall weekends transforming your house into a cinnamon-infused autumn wonderland. Pumpkin spice candles make fall the best season of the year.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

During fall and winter my skin starts to dry out and break out. This year I grabbed Cetaphil at my local grocery store and started using it in the morning and at night to cleanse and hydrate.  I absolutely love it. It cleans without drying and truly has helped reduce my breakouts. You can pick it up at a drug store for less than $15. This one is definitely a fall essential.

What are some of your absolute must-haves for fall this year?

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Race Update + 10K Training Guide

Happy Monday! I have a bit of an exciting update to share this morning. I've decided to run a 10K as a part of the Red, White & Rosé Wine Run Series. That's right. 6.2 miles of pure pain and suffering followed by the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and, of course, a tall glass of wine. On November 14th, a few friends and I will be taking on the cold air and beautiful trails surrounding the Butler Winery along Lake Lemon.

Race day is about 8 weeks away and I had to put together a training guide if I wanted to run over 6 miles. I've never ran more than 4 miles at a time in my life, EVER! After running a few 5K races, I have an idea of what the race will entail. However, those 5K's didn't require much prep considering they involved beer sampling every few minutes. This time around, it's going to be a major challenge that will require a bit of planning. 

I created a 10K training plan to help me be race ready in 8 weeks. Based on this novice program, my plan includes a series of weekly runs as well as strength and cross training. At this point,  I've completed my first week of training and am super sore. The good kind of sore though. The kind of sore that feels amazing when you wake up in the morning, and kills when you attempt to go down any set of stairs. I'm excited to see how far I can push myself and can't wait to see how beautiful the scenery will be this November.

Map of Butler Winery 10k race

There's still time to sign up! If you live in Indiana and want to participate in the Red, White & Rosé Wine Run Series, head over to to view race dates and locations. Oh! Use code SAVE20155 to save a few bucks on the registration fee. Happy running!

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