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Nutrition from a Nuthouse – Kaleious

Combining cooking and chaos!

Combining chaos and cooking!

Nutrition- We strive to be healthy. We strive to make decisions that will benefit our bodies and our lives. It takes planning. Discipline. Learning. Support. Nutrition is one of the most important factors that affects long term health. Eat fresh, real, whole foods and less sugary, processed foods. Know the food you eat. Know where your food comes from and how it will affect your body…your life.

From A…

Nuthouse- I’ll give it to you straight. My house is crazy. I had to write this one sentence at a time because during this blog post I pulled my two and half year old down from climbing on top of the fridge exclaiming, “WATCH WHAT I CAN DO!!!” (umm…..no, thanks). My eight month old continued to faceplant into the floor because he can’t figure out how to effectively bear crawl (cue screaming baby and drool). Then Brody Monster the Great Dane put his paw through the screen….again. But it’s fine because my two year old explained to me that it was an accident. This is how Brody politely knocks when he wants to go out- ignoring the little bell we trained him to gently nudge with his enormous nose (our failed attempt at damage control from huge paws). It is in chaos that I cook to lovingly ensure that my nuthouse family receives quality nutrition.

Screaming contest!?

Screaming contest!?

 

Meet Brody Monster.

Meet Brody Monster.

 

Me- Besides being an athlete, crossfit coach, and a mom of crazy boys- I am a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian/nutritionist (RD, LDN). I passionately promote living a happy, healthy and positive lifestyle through nutrition, exercise and humor. :)

Erin the RD, LDN.

Erin the RD, LDN.

EAT. GROW. BLOOM.

I’ve got to talk to you about kale. It is an absolute powerhouse of a vegetable. Kale is overflowing with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Need more potassium or iron in your diet? Vote kale! The antioxidants in kale have been linked to reducing cancer risks. The fiber content may help lower blood cholesterol and reduce heart disease risk. Just know when you are eating it, you are biting into crunchy, green happy-health goodness.

Kaleious.

Kaleious.

Kale has become a staple in my house. I have so many suggestions on how to fully enjoy it- kale chips, smoothies, salads- I can overwhelm you. While making our veggies for the week I, of course, included kale. Here’s what we did! You should do it, too!

  • 4 large bunches of kale (a lot turns into a little)
  • 1 package of pancetta
  • 3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used a tomato, parmesan, garlic flavor infused olive oil for fun)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper, to taste

Wash and tear kale leaves off the stem, set aside. In a large pot on the stove heat up olive oil  and throw in the pancetta to brown over medium heat. Pour the kale into the pot, stirring so that the leaves are mixing with the olive oil and pancetta. Once all the kale is added, let it cook down, stirring as needed.

A lot of kale becoming a little kale when cooked.

A lot of kale becoming a little kale when cooked.

The fun thing about this recipe was using a flavored olive oil (Tomato, Parmesan, Garlic) for a different taste instead of just plain extra virgin olive oil. Check out Ah Love Oils and Vinegars if you are ever in Shirlington, Virginia (my parent’s store).

Powerhouse nutrition!

Powerhouse nutrition!

Make a lot, store in a big container, and have it available to you for the week so you are planned and prepared for meals or a quick snack. If you don’t like this recipe- make a crunchy kale salad! Be creative! :)

More to come by Nutrition From A Nuthouse.

Comments

  1. I love this blog! It captures what most of our lu es are like – living in a nuthouse. You give me inspiration that in the midst of chaos we can fine pleasure and satisfaction in eating really good food. And, we love Brody Monster & the Boys!

  2. RJ Zamberlan says:

    Thanks for the tips on kale, I have been using it in a juicer but still having trouble making it palatable. I will try the sauted w/ bacon(panchetta) variety. Looks great.

  3. Great post, Erin! I’ve finally found a place for vegetables in my diet. Prior to jumping on the paleo wagon, everything vegetable-like, with the exception of raw carrots, was not consumed unless drenched in peanut butter or sour-cream based dip. Making room on my plate for veggies was definitely a challenge that I recently won, thanks in large part to Tessamae’s, but I’ve been struggling to embrace kale. I love kale chips but they are so darn expensive, and when I tried to make my own it was disastrous. I’ve been playing around with cooked kale, but it hasn’t been pretty (or tasty for that matter). I will definitely have to give this recipe a try!

  4. Thanks for reading everyone! I wasn’t as crazy about kale when I first tried it but I kept trying to find creative ways to eat it because its SO darn good for us! Now I love it and most of that is from trial and error in the kitchen. A little bit of sea salt goes a long way with cooked kale and you can even add in some other spices to make it more tasty. Kale chips are a favorite of mine, as well. I normally buy a HUGE bag of kale that is ready for me to use or I get a whole lot of bunches (but that takes longer to wash, cut, etc.) and just go crazy cooking or making a salad, smoothie or chips ahead of time . The chips do NOT last long in my house. :)

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