Kale Chips Recipe

This is the best and easiest kale chips recipe, ever!

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Kale chips are so easy to make and really delicious. Kale chips are a great snack and loaded with vitamins and essential healthy fats. I’m hypothyroid and not supposed to have raw kale, so kale chips are the perfect way for me to eat kale! Here’s how you make ’em:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Remove the stems from your kale leaves and break the leaves into however many pieces you want — not too small though, they will shrink in the oven
  3. Take all your pieces and put them into a ziplock bag
  4. Lightly grease a baking sheet with coconut oil
  5. Add a little bit of salt, I like Real Salt, and organic extra virgin olive oil into the bag
  6. Shake the bag very well so everything gets a nice coat
  7. Spread the kale leaves on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes

This is what my kale looked like before I put it in the oven:

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And this is after:

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See how they shrink? It’s okay to have some big pieces. I kind of had pieces of various sizes to mix it up. I recommend doing a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil if you make a batch that covers the whole pan, like I did. I used a little too much salt but they were still sooo good, especially if you’re a salty snacker.

That’s it! Easy, quick and delicious. These will curb any salty snack craving in a seriously satisfying way.Β Prep, cook and clean up should take you a total of 15-20 minutes. Not bad! Try ’em out and let me know what you think.

Good food. Good tips. Good moves. Good for you.

xo Kim, Running on Good

Peanut Butter Snow Bites

I love convenient, delicious foods. Who doesn’t?Β My Peanut Butter Snow Bites are just that: convenient, delicious, nutritiously packed, fun, easy, and quick. These are for the ultimate nut butter fan. I used organic peanut butter, but you could really use any kind of nut or seed butter. For those of you with nut allergies, try sunflower or pumpkin seed butter! As always though, read the ingredients–minimal ingredients are best.

I created these peanut butter creations because I wanted something that I could snack on that could be paired with a piece of fruit or a nutribullet smoothie, so I knew I needed my snack to include a few things: a source of energy, some superfoods, protein, and healthy fat. I also wanted something that I would crave. I usually crave nut butter or dark chocolate. For some reason, those two things are my idea of amazing, delectable treats. My snow bites have both of those things, while still being totally nutritious. Just look at these beauties:

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They look too good to be true, but I promise you they are nutrient packed and complete a balanced snack when paired with fruit or a fruit + veggie combo, like a nutribullet smoothie πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp organic golden ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp organic chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • About 1/2 jar organic peanut butter, almond butter, or other nut/seed butter
  • Coconut flakes (a nice pile to roll the bites in)

Yields 8 large snow bites or 16 smaller bites.Β I made 8 large snow bites and either ate half or split it with my boyfriend. I could only fit 8 in my freezer, but if you have the room you could get 16 bites out of this recipe! They would be smaller, but perfectly portioned.

Procedure:Β 

  1. Combine dry ingredients (everything except the nut butter) in a large bowl and mix together with a spoon
  2. Add the nut butter in by the spoonful until you have enough to hold together all the dry ingredients (should be close to 1/2 a jar)Β You might have to scoop, mix…scoop more, mix, etc.
  3. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients into the nut butter until you have 1 large mound
  4. Break off pieces of the mound and roll into smaller bites. Size is totally up to you!
  5. Roll bites in coconut flakes and place on pan covered with wax paper
  6. Freeze bites for 30 minutes
  7. Eat and enjoy πŸ™‚

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.Β 

I loved these and am totally going to make them again. They are the perfect thing to have on-hand for the whole week. These would be great for kids because you really taste the peanut butter more than anything else, yet you get nutrition from the oats, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and the peanut butter! Enjoy Life chocolate chips are my go-to brand for chocolate chips because they are soy, nut, and dairy free; great for those with allergies and those who avoid soy (like me). I think you could also taste a hint of nuttiness from the flaxseed which I really enjoyed, and Chris said he could taste the coconut coming through, too. Mmmm πŸ™‚ Basically, they taste great and should go over well with the kiddies or any nut butter lover! Plus, you could easily pack them up and take them with you to school or work. If there’s a fridge handy, you can take them anywhere!

Whether you stash them at home or take them with you for a pick-me-up, I just hope you try these out! I’d love to hear what you think and see if you use a different nut butter. I was originally going to use almond butter, but I didn’t want to use so much and have it be gone so quickly πŸ™‚ Comment or post a picture on instagram with #runningongood or @runningongood so I can see! Enjoy xoxo

Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Skewers

Brought these skewers to work yesterday! My family served these at the last two parties we had, and they are so simple and delicious. They are usually drizzled with balsamic vinegar, but I wanted them plain. Either way, they are a great little snack. These are made with grape tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella balls. Assemble on a toothpick and you’re done! Can’t get much easier than that.

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Snack Ideas and Tips

Here are some smart snack ideas that you can eat on the go (pack to take with you), at home when you need a snack between meals, or before/after a workout. Some work better than others for pre or post workout, but I’ll touch on that in the list. This list is sort of random, but I think that’s good because a lot of the time snacking is random. The need for a snack can hit us at random times throughout the day and random days of the week (which is sometimes why people make such poor snack decisions-they aren’t prepared). Some days we need a snack and others we don’t at all. So, here’s a list of snacks that are healthy, smart choices and the reasons why they are healthy. Knowing how good food benefits your body, makes you more inclined to remember it and make smarter decisions when reaching for a snack. So when you get a random snack-attack, remember this list!

  1. Organic Baby Carrots (or Bell Peppers) and Hummus: I love snacking on vegetables. It feels good to know you’re making a smart decision, and vegetables are the best decision. It’s always good to include a protein, too, that’s why hummus makes it the perfect pair.Β DSCN2471
  2. Almonds and other Nuts/Seeds: Almonds are a terrific snack-they have antioxidants, protein, and healthy fats. Other nuts and seeds are good, too, such as pistachios, cashews, peanuts (even though they’re a legume), pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. You can mix your favorites together, throw in some raisins or cranberries, and make your own trail mix! Or you can just mix the seeds and nuts together, store them in an air-tight container and grab a handful when you need a little something. Nuts and seeds are great before or after a workout!DSCN2248_2
  3. Greek Yogurt: Plain or Vanilla are the best decisions because they will have the lowest amount of sugar compared to the fruit varieties. You can also cut up a bit of fresh organic fruit, grab some berries, or a scoop of nut butter and toss it in! I love adding a tablespoon of Almond Butter to my Vanilla Greek Yogurt, delicious! This is great post-workout.
  4. Sprout Bread/Ezekiel Bread with Cottage Cheese, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, or (my new favorite) Peanut Coconut Spread! The Peanut Coconut Spread is by Earth Balance and is truly amazing. The bread + a nut butter or spread is good pre-workout, you got the carbs and protein to fuel you. It’s best to avoid dairy before a workout (cottage cheese).
  5. Green and Black’s Organic Chocolate: for when a craving hits! Both the Milk and 70% Dark Chocolate (my favorite) are delicious. Dark is always the better choice. Dark chocolate is filled with antioxidants. This is a treat!
  6. Gluten Free Tortilla Chips: I really like RW Garcia Mixt Bag, but shop around and see what’s out there. And of course you can pair these with some good salsa, guacamole, or hummus. Make your own or buy a quality brand at the store.
  7. Roasted Chick Peas:Β There are so many different ways to spice these up! All you have to do is whisk together oil (I would use coconut oil) and seasoning (cumin-1 tblsp, sea salt-pinch, black pepper-pinch, garlic powder-1 tsp, chile powder-1/2 tsp, and red pepper-dash), toss in the chickpeas and coat, lay the chickpeas on a baking sheet, and bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees F. Great anytime!

Snacking can be great when you know how to make smart decisions. Don’t let snacks scare you! Snacking on fruits or vegetables is very smart, but always pair with a protein! Protein is your friend. It is very important, especially if you are active. And remember, snacks should fuel you. Choices packed with nutrients and protein are the ones that will satisfy and benefit you and your body. Let these ideas teach you how to snack right and challenge you to make your own snack varieties. Choose wisely, mix it up, have fun, and happy snacking!

*Important note: whenever you eat a carbohydrate (bread or crackers) or sugar (fruit or chocolate) it is always best to pair it with a protein. The protein will balance out both choices. Eat bread or crackers with hummus, a cheese or nut butter, and eat fruit or chocolate with nuts, nut spread, or greek yogurt.

*Important note #2: BE PREPARED. If you have a long day ahead of you, pack a good snack. Utilize all that tupperware and zip top bags! Put together a healthy snack ahead of time, pack it up, and toss it in your bag. That way, you won’t feel tempted to spend a few bucks on a bag of chips or something else that you don’t need. It saves you time, money, and stress! Your body and your wallet will thank you πŸ™‚Β