Kale is one of those polarizing topics among friend groups, like religion or politics. Some of us loooooove it (like me!), and the others can’t stand it, won’t try it, are never ever ever gonna like it. Well, unless all of your friends like kale in which case you have cool ass friends and I want in to your circle. In the wellness world, kale is the gold standard — it’s dense in fiber, nutrients, and vitamins B and C. Its bitter flavor is often the reason for its unpopularity, but there’s a short, simple step you can take to draw out bitterness and make kale… edible again, especially in its salad form.
Everyone has a fond memory involving chocolate chip cookies. Maybe it’s because they’re comforting, sweet, gooey… or maybe it’s because they’re so often attached to memories or traditions. In fact, one of my fondest memories involves a childhood friend and half of a crunchy cookie. Nowadays we’re looking for more of that same comfort (come back, childhood!) without the processed sugars, irresponsible dairy, and other junk loaded in — enter these no-bake chocolate chip cookie balls.
Remember when I told you I like spicy things? Like, I really love them, and one of the best summertime snacks is salsa! Those ripe tomatoes, fresh cilantro, crisp onions… YES. Not only is it always a crowd-pleaser (and crowd-feeder!) but it’s so low maintenance and simple to prepare. I of course like it with lots of heat and a little bit of a smoky flavor, but with some light tweaking this easy salsa can also be made wimp-friendly (mild, I mean!).
When Con and I graduated from college we were suddenly up shit’s creek. We had an expensive AF apartment that we couldn’t afford anymore, and it wasn’t looking too swell on the job front either. I was working part time at Best Buy while he worked for a local shoe shop. So we heaved our things out of that gorgeous condo and onto a Uhaul, where we drove to Con’s Aunt Sherry’s house.
GREENS THO! They’re tasty and nutrient dense, and oftentimes they’re so easy to incorporate into your schedule. I prefer the green variations in this smoothie: cucumber, fresh herbs, and spinach, which are tied together nicely via coconut water, lime juice, chia seeds and a sweet apple. You can even add a little collagen for a protein boost. Perfect for breakfast or as post-workout fuel, my Kickass Green Smoothie makes getting your healthy greens soooo dang easy.
Isn’t granola the freakin’ best? I swear I eat it every day. Sometimes I like it with my yogurt for breakfast, and other times it’s great for satisfying my incessant sweet tooth. I typically go for pre-made, gluten free granola options at Whole Foods but at $6.99 a bag those suckers add up. Plus, GF granola is one of the simplest things to make at home because it’s so difficult to mess up. Here, we’re working with low-guilt maple syrup, a few spices, and lots of nuts and seeds to make a magically sweet, protein-packed snack.