Monday Musings 3.26.18 + Lemony Kale Recipe

Hey, hello, hi! What a week. Today feels like Friday to me, so I’m pretty excited about that.

I have loads of new things I’m into this week so get ready!

1. Roasted Radishes

Have you tried roasting radishes before?! Their flavor goes up tenfold! They lose a bit of spiciness but gain a deep, slightly earthy flavor that is just divine. Just about every week for the last few months I have been trying out new veggies to roast and they have all turned out sooo good.

For the radishes, preheat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wash and cut tops and bottoms off radishes. Dice into large pieces and coat with ghee, olive oil or butter. Toss with a tsp. of sea salt, ½ tsp. thyme and cracked black pepper. Squeeze half a lemon over the top and roast 25 minutes, turning once halfway through.

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Keep reading for another favorite veggie recipe of mine at the end – Lemony Kale!

2. GT’s CocoKefir Shots

These shots act as a digestive aid and are super high in probiotics! I found them at my local natural grocery store but you can also find them here. They are super tasty, give a bit of an energy boost and make your tummy feel awesome.

Probiotics are helpful bacteria that live in your digestive system. They help to keep you healthy and help to balance good and bad bacteria in your system. Adding probiotics can help improve digestion, increase energy through B2 production, reduce the risk of contracting the cold or flu and improve the looks and feel of skin!

As always, ask your doctor which types of probiotics might be best for you before adding in supplements to your daily routine.

3. Whipped Cinnamon Honey

This stuff is the sh*t. Organic and raw, this honey is super delish! With just the right amount of honey I have pretty much been finding any excuse I can to add this to everything. Coffee, tea, electrolyte drinks and drizzling on pancakes!

I love having raw honey around that supports the sustainability of bees, ensuring that we will be able to harvest honey for years to come!

4. Honey Mama’s Chocolate

Speaking of honey… I just found a new obsession. Hands down one of the absolute best bars of chocolate I’ve ever had, Honey Mama’s is super unique and has an extremely creamy texture.

You can find more flavors and a store locator here. My absolute favorite is the Ginger Cardamon Cacao – Nectar Bar. Sweetened only with honey, these cacao bars have coconut meat, cocoa and spices – that’s it! They are stored in the refrigerator to keep their texture and shape and are wonderfully creamy and rich.

Even typing this right now is making me crave one!! They are that damn good.

5. Intentionality and Slowing Down

I feel like I have been in such a rush the last couple weeks that it’s been a real goal of mine to SLOOWW down and “single-task” more. By nature, I love multi-tasking and generally don’t feel very productive unless I am doing multiple things at once.

This is all well and great until you start to half-ass the things you are doing or stop paying attention to the things (or people!) that really do need your attention. I have been making it a point to stop, refocus, and complete singular tasks before moving on to the next.

I have also been making a point to limit social media exposure while doing other tasks. I am placing more importance on the interactions I have and slimming down the content I follow and interact with. It feels freeing, in a sense. It also feels nice to give other humans my full attention. Actively listening while genuinely making connecting feels satisfying and genuine.

6. Downsizing

I am trimming down in other parts of my life too! The fiance and I are moving out of our apartment into our van (temporary for now) and have realized we have really gathered A LOT of stuff!

We are tossing, donating and storing all that we can in order to just keep the essentials with us on our climbing trip. We are still interested in keeping some comforts like phone chargers, Netflix downloads, cooking stove and a big, comfy bed. We want to enjoy our trip without totally losing touch with the outside world! And besides, some of our favorite together activities include watching movies  and shows before bed!

7. LOVE

The show on Netflix, of course! Yep. Totally binge watched this one. Three seasons, all at your fingertips. This show is super quirky, super down to earth and super adorable.

Two awkward thirty-something-year-olds slowly fall in love and experience real, everyday couples problems along the way. It will make you laugh out loud, question your own relationships and feel all too relate-able at the same time!

Seriously, go watch it. It’s one of the better ones this year so far!

8. Standing Oblique Side Crunch

These are sooo good for the obliques!! I love adding these into the ends of my workouts and can really feel a difference after just a few weeks.

Starting standing with a weight in one hand (weight plates or kettlebells are easiest), keep feet planted, and bend over to the side using your opposite side obliques to lift you back up. I use a 30 lb. kettlebell but could easily go up in weight. Go for something challenging but not so hard that you “cheat” and use your back or legs to compensate. Repeat for a total of 10x and 3 sets total on each side.

Need a video? Here is a great one.

#9 Lemony Kale with Garlic

This kale is outta this world delish. I never used to like kale before coming up with this recipe! You see, kale is naturally very bitter and needs acidity to help it break down and become less tough.

I tried my hardest to love kale in it’s natural, raw form but couldn’t get over the texture. Turns out that kale is actually pretty hard to digest in a raw state, but when cooked, it transforms into a super food full of Vitamin A, C and K. Along with plenty of antioxidants and fiber.

As a member of the cabbage family, kale is a cruciferous vegetable full of goitrogens. Wait, what are goitrogens? They are substances found in some foods that can affect the function of the thyroid in responding to hormones. Though this is mainly if you already have thyroid issues.

Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and kale all benefit from being cooked in some way or another – think steaming, sauteing or roasting. Cooking cruciferous vegetables can help to break down the hard to digest enzymes they contain.

Enter: Lemony Kale!!

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Lemony Kale 

(PALEO, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE, WHOLE30, 21DSD)
SERVES 4
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES            COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES

Ingredients:

1 tbs. ghee, olive oil or avocado oil

4 c. kale, de-stemmed and chopped

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. garlic powder (can substitute 1 clove garlic, minced)

cracked black pepper, to taste

½ lemon, juiced

1 tsp. sea salt

 

Method:

  1. Heat a large, deep saucepan over medium-high heat and add ghee, olive oil or avocado oil.
  2. Once heated, add kale, salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  3. Continue cooking until wilted down and it starts to brown ~5 minutes.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice over kale and cook an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and enjoy!

 

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