Nutrition from a Nuthouse – Kaleious
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.