Windowsill Sprouting - After 24 hours in the jar, you’ll start to see the beans split open and may even see some tails forming. Just keep monitoring the lentils growth and keep giving them the fresh rinses + draining for 4-5 days. Once that green leaf pokes out and starts to unfold, they’re ready to harvest….INSTRUCTIONS
Winter kale salad!
Two tablespoons olive or coconut oil
One bunch of kale
One cup toasted pecans or whatever nut you prefer
Two-three tablespoons olive oil
A clove of garlic, minced
Half a teaspoon cracked pepper
Dash of sea salt
Zest and juice of one lemon
Dash of balsamic vinegar
It’s good to prep the kale a few hours before you plan on eating the salad. Do this by massaging washed and deboned kale with either coconut or olive oil. Experiment with how much you use, but there shouldn’t be extra oil at the bottom of your bowl. Add a good dash of salt and let sit for a few hours. (You don’t need to do this step but kale can be really tough if you don’t let the salt and oil break it down a bit).
Mix the dressing ingredients together in a jar. Prep the pomegranate seeds. Toast pecans in a pan until they smell delicious and they’re nicely brown. Toss all ingredients together and top with crumbled goat cheese.
Photo by Sarah Streat.
Kale and Basil Salad
I never thought I could enjoy raw kale but this salad is so very delicious. Kale, fresh basil, grated Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, dried cranberries, with a simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Lots of black pepper too. The basil and cranberries mix so well and the kale is a perfect crisp base. A new go-to for sure!
I hope you are rocking the New Year and continually working hard to maintain your physical and mental health. I’m working hard to share at least one thing a week with y’all, not a resolution just a goal :)
When you start getting into health food, or even if you’ve been a health nut for a while, KALE always comes up as one of the best greens in the history of man. But making kale taste yummy can be difficult task or just take too long so you give up. Thought I’d share another simple way to make the leafy green taste delicious.
Greens are easily cooked by marinating, which takes minimal effort. For the salad pictured above (that I may currently be enjoying) I used a whole bag of organic kale, about 3 Tbs of extra virgin olive oil, 4 Tbs of balsamic vinegar, sliced garlic, and some organic cherry tomatoes. Throw everything into a big salad bowl, mix it up, and let it sit anywhere from 15 minutes to a few days and you have a delicious salad. A good friend of mine who is vegan also made this with chickpeas instead of tomatoes and made it a whole meal.
So there you have it, simple, yummy, super healthy, and easy to change up as you like it! Enjoy, and feel free to let me know if you have suggestions on other variations.
Until next time - Stay Fit. Stay Humble. Stay Hungry.
What to make when your air conditioner dies
It was really hot.
So hot that I felt like wedging myself between the bag of peas and tray of prawns jammed into my freezer.
It was that exhausting heat that makes you flop on the couch unable to move…
and then when you finally make the bold decision to venture to the freezer (for yet another glass of ice), you can’t, as a fine slick of sticky humidity has suctioned you to the couch. Oh, did I mention my air conditioner was broken?
I wanted something cold and fresh to eat but didn’t want to turn on the oven at risk of warming up the already sweltering house. This awfully uncomfortable evening lead to the creation of my Green Rice.
½ Tablespoon garlic oil
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
red chili to taste (I put in 1 without seeds)
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
Half a bunch of kale (leaves only) roughly torn into 4cm pieces
2 handfuls of baby spinach
Half a bunch of silver beet (tare up to match the kale)
½ cup chopped roasted almonds
½ cup pitted black olives (torn in half)
½ lemon or 1 small lime
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup brown or black rice (or a mix of both)
2 cups of tap water
1 bay leaf
This is the kale/quinoa salad I made tonight. I don’t know why the picture came out blurry. It tasted pretty good and will help me tomorrow with my daily dilemma… finding something to eat for lunch. I tend to be a picky eater and it’s hard to get lunch on the fly.
So… to assess my day…
Cardio went well. I did three miles in 24.10 on a resistant (fancy name for “dirt”) track which is probably my best time since I picked up running again.
Strength went well (mostly because I found the motivation when I really didn’t want to work out). Did biceps/triceps…
Curls (10lbs, 3/16)
Lat Raise (10lbs, 3/10)
Hammer Curls (10lbs, 3/10)
Front Raise (10lbs, 3/10)
Laying Triceps Extensions (10lbs, 3/14)
Russian Twists (10lbs, 2/25)
In case you didn’t figure out… set/rep.
Food was great. Got plenty of water. Didn’t drink any alcohol (my weakness, lol). Okay, I had a diet soda… we can’t all be perfect. ;) Nothing processed today. My total was 1,270. I may or may not update this later, because I may try to eat a grapefruit. I’m starting to feel ick and could use the vitamin C, not to mention I should probably try to get another 100 calories. Blahhhh.