Do you guys find yourselves eating really well all day long and then sabotaging your healthy diet at night with junk food? When it’s impossible to avoid late night snacking, we try to prepare healthy snacks. Sure, kale chips are nothing new, but it’s been awhile since we made them and we almost forgot how addicting they can be.
You can play around with variations on spices, but this recipe is simple and still really yummy. If you’ve never made kale chips before, one thing that we found is to make sure to start with DRY kale leaves. Otherwise, you end up with soggy chips rather than crispy ones.
CHEESY VEGAN KALE CHIPS
5 large stalks kale
¼ cup avocado oil
2 Tbs nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp sea salt, or to taste
¼ tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 275F. Grease a large baking sheet (or line with parchment paper) and set aside.
Carefully remove leaves from the stalk of the kale then rip or cut kale into large pieces. Make sure your kale is dry before the next step. You can put into a salad spinner or pat down with paper towel.
Place the dry kale leaves in a bowl and add avocado oil. Massage oil into the kale leaves using your finger tips.
Sprinkle on nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Mix with tongs.
Transfer leaves to 2 baking sheets, arranging in single layer. Do not overcrowd.
Bake kale at 275F for 10 minutes. All ovens are different, so adjust baking time to desired texture of kale chips. Allow kale chips to cool on pan for 5 minutes.
For this “Recipe Friday” we want to share another plant-based recipe that helps to boost the health and appearance of your skin. Eating a diet full of whole plant-based foods has a profound impact on our bodies, especially our skin. Plants make our skin glow! We hope to inspire you to heal your skin from within by boosting your intake of plants. Here’s a yummy plant-based “Green Glow Bowl”.
Here’s how the ingredients benefit our skin:
Edamame: Eating edamame and other soyfoods may help to preserve skin-firming collagen because it is rich in isoflavones, which may help prevent collagen breakdown.
Kale: Kale is the most alkaline producing vegetable, which is great for giving nutrients to the skin. Plus the Vitamin A in Kale prevents skin diseases. Kale is also packed with calcium, potassium & iron which supports detoxification of the liver which is important for clear skin!
Onion: Possesses the Vitamins A, C and E, which help to fight agains the damage caused by harmful UV rays. Also, onion is a rich source of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that helps keep skin wrinkle free.
Quinoa: Rejuvenates the skin from within and reduces wrinkles by providing the body with collagen. Contains all nine essential amino acids, which build strong, beautiful skin, hair, and nails and repair daily damage.
Zucchini: Zucchini is rich in Vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants which can benefit your skin.
Green Glow Bowl
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water or veggie broth
1 zucchini chopped
2 handfuls kale
1 glove garlic
1/4 vegetable broth or oil
1/4 cup tahini or hummus
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 table spoon maple syrup (optional)
In a medium sized pot, add quinoa and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.
In a separate pan, heat the vegetable broth (or oil) and sauté the onions with the garlic for 2 minutes. Add the frozen edamame and zucchini. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add the kale last and cook about 1 minute until softened. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn off heat.
Prepare the dressing in a small bowl by adding all of the ingredients and whisking until smooth.
Scoop the quinoa into a bowl, top with the vegetable mixture and drizzle on the dressing.
We’ve always hoped to have a place where we could provide some education and our view on health, fitness, skincare, and beauty. So today, we thought we’d share some information on Vitamin C.
Vitamin C is often talked about as the secret to looking younger. Even Dr. Oz has endorsed Vitamin C as an anti-ager taking a decade off of your skin. It turns out that we have Vitamin C naturally in our skin, but as we age, the amount of Vitamin C begins to decline, which results in wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin. Therefore, to keep your youthful appearance, daily application of Vitamin C is recommended.
Used topically, Vitamin C can help to rebuild collagen and repair cells that have been damaged by the sun. It was once considered a challenge to harness vitamin C into an effective topical solution, since it oxidizes so quickly. Unless protected, Vitamin C rapidly degrades and loses its antioxidant ability as soon as it’s exposed to oxygen. However, there have been huge advances in harnessing Vitamin C into an effective and gentle formulation and many effective Vitamin C serums are now available.
We’re excited to try the newly released Citrus & Kale Potent C+E serum by Eminence Organics, which has 16% activity of vitamin C. Studies have shown it to reduce 47% of free radical damage in just 3 hours!
Some products are great for repairing the skin and ideal to put on your skin at night, when you are resting. However, this serum provides the extra protection your skin needs during the day as you are exposed to light and toxins in the environment.
Since this serum has such a high absorbency rate, it’s best to drop it directly on your face instead of into your hands. We put 4 drops directly onto our face and rub it in. Wait about 20-30 sec for the serum to absorb and then apply your favorite SPF moisturizer. Let the SPF moisturizer absorb and then apply your makeup as usual.