Friday, April 13, 2012

A Salty Snack and A Breakfast Treat

I love salty crunchy snacks. And this one satisfies both of these cravings.

First up is:: Kale Chips. Kale is a superfood, right up there with spinach. I've had it in pesto and sauteed, but this is the most tasty, in my opinion.

You Need::
One bunch of Kale
Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350

First wash the Kale really good and then gently run your fingers down the spine of each leaf. This will pull off the leaves and you can discard the hard spiney part.
Dry the Kale. Lay it on a baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and then rub it in good with your fingers into each leaf. Lightly sprinkle with salt.
Put in a 350 oven for 5-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it or will burn easy. Wen it looks dry and feels hard to the the touch, it's ready
Let it cool then crunch down!

You get the salty/crunch of a chip but the veggy benefits of Kale. Dig in guilt free!! Now that's my kind of snacking!

Next is this really great recipe that I got off one of my favorite whole food recipe sites.  Heavenly Homemakers.

Baked Oatmeal Cups or Birds Nest. You can find the recipe here .

My kids, to my surprise, LOVED these. I sprinkled them with chocolate chips on the top {I think that's why the kids took to them the way they did ;) }and it made them look like birds nests. I got to say, the chocolate chips were a huge hit, you really can't go wrong with chocolate first thing in the morning :) Can you?

I added apples into mine because I like fruit in my oatmeal, so next time I make them, I'll play around with different fruit and toppings.
I thought the chocolate chips looked like little bird droppings, but I kept that to myself, no sense in grossing out the kiddos :)

One thing I didn't do that I will definitely do differently next time is put it into a paper lined cup. I sprayed
the pan and thought it would be fine, but it was a bugger getting them out.

But oh so yummy, great start to your day!

I love how healthy both of these items were and delicious. I'm still on a weight loss journey and checking in with my sis each monday for a weigh in. Trey and I have been doing grueling workouts in the afternoons when he gets home from work. {This week is supposed to be a break week, but, yeah, not so much}

I can tell I'm losing inches all of my clothes are fitting better {YAY!!}
but the scale isn't moving much {actually not at all, BOO!!}and this is usually about the time I give up and say fughetaboutit, but not this time! No this time I am deteremined to see it through.  I'm not getting any younger and weight loss will only get harder, so I HAVE to get it under control now.

Besides I'm sleeping better, standing up straighter, sucking it in more, and the little dance I usually do to get my pants up is getting shorter!woohoo!
In the words of Lysa Terkeurst "I am made for more than this battle with food" amen.

p.s. sorry for the yucky pictures, I've got to stop taking pics with my phone, they just don't turn out as well as my real camera.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Linking up today with:: Comfy in the Kitchen, Your Thriving Family, Studio JRU,Just For Fun Fridays


  1. I think I want to try making this like the cups but putting no sugar added applesauce in the cup. I have no littles but my husband can be just as picky.

    1. That's a good idea, I may try it with applesauce as well or maybe honey. I always have some local honey on hand and that might be bette than the sugar.{I use sucanat, organic cane sugar}

  2. Thank you for stopping and commenting on my blog. ;)
    I think I would like to try your snack, sounds healthy and delicious!!
    Have an amazing day!

  3. You know I have never had kale! Might have to give it a try! lol The baked oatmeal looks delicious... pinning that recipe to try. Thanks so much for sharing! Sounds like your are doing great on your health journey. That is awesome! :)

    1. Kale is pretty good, you should try it!
      Thanks for the encouragement, I can use all I can get on this journey :)


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