Kale Chips, Protein Bars, and even more Frozen Yogurt.

Thank you all so much for your words of encouragement and support regarding my half-marathon.  You guys are seriously the best!

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I’ve had a few people ask if I plan to run another race anytime soon.  Honestly?  I’m not sure.  I don’t see myself doing another half in the upcoming months, but if there was a 5k or 10k that looked fun, I would definitely be interested.  So if any of my peeps in the Atlanta area know of anything, please send me the details! Smile

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Today, let’s talk about kale.

I wrote about my newfound love for kale in this post.  And since that time, I have grown to love kale even more, thanks to the discovery of kale chips.

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I know that a lot of you are probably skeptical, but really, you need to try these.  If done properly, they really taste like potato chips.  OK, maybe they don’t taste exactly like the Ruffles you’re used to, but they’re crispy, and they just have that amazing flavor of olive oil + salt.  I promise, you won’t feel like you’re eating a vegetable.

Brandon has eaten them several times now, and each time he says, “I don’t understand why I like these so much … but I do.”

I’m a proud wifey. Winking smile

Kale Chips

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch of kale
  • 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (truffle oil is good, too)
  • salt and garlic powder to taste
  • shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Wash and dry kale really well. Then tear the leaves off of the thick stem (the stem doesn’t taste very good, so make sure you just use the leaves). Tear the leaves into pieces that look a bit bigger than potato chips (because they’ll shrink in the oven).
  • Put kale on baking sheet. Add olive oil and toss to coat. Then spread the kale out evenly on the baking sheet, trying not to clump chunks together.
  • Sprinkle with as much salt and garlic powder as you want.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Then add sprinkled Parmesan cheese and continue to bake, being careful to check on the kale every couple of minutes. You want it to get crispy without being burned. It should only take a few more minutes.

Note: I’m guessing on the oven time, because I’m actually using a toaster oven right now. So I make mine in smaller batches, and it probably only takes about 5-10 minutes total in the toaster oven.

Note #2: I’d love to give a specific blogger props for this “recipe,” but it’s just a combination of seeing similar recipes on about 10 different blogs.  So thanks to all my blogger buddies for the idea!

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OK, skeptical Sally’s … are you going to try these chips??  If you don’t like them, send the leftovers my way … I’ll have no problem eating them all in one sitting.

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Now if only I could get them to taste like Dorito’s … Thinking smile

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I also wanted to share another yummy discovery with you guys today.

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The very kind people at NutritionFix sent me a box of these Luna Protein Bars to try, and I’m so glad they did!

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I’m not always the biggest fan of protein bars, but the Cookie Dough flavor intrigued me.  As did the nutritional stats:

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So my thoughts?

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Two huge thumbs up! Thumbs up  This protein bar tasted like pure cookie dough-goodness.  It will definitely be making its home in my lunch box over the next several weeks!

If you want to order your own box of Luna protein bars, just click on this link: Clif Luna Protein.  And if you do try them, let me know what you think!

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And last but definitely not least?

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I told you guys I was making it my mission to try every frozen yogurt shop in the Atlanta area this summer.  Well, I’m working on that goal.  On Tuesday, I met some amazing ladies from my church for dinner.  I then begged and pleaded suggested that we visit the frozen yogurt shop next door.

The thing I like about Yoforia is that they use all organic yogurt.  But I have to agree with my friend, Leigh, who said that their frozen yogurt is a bit ice-y.

(And if you’re curious what mix I got, I chose a combination of blueberry cheesecake and vanilla yogurts.  I topped the blueberry side with Nilla wafers and caramel, and I topped the vanilla side with Oreos and Reese’s cups.  Quite a tasty concoction!)

I guess that’s it for me today.  Hope everyone has a great weekend! Smile

Question for ya …

What are you up to this weekend?

I have to work all day Saturday, but I’m hoping to meet up with some church buddies Saturday night for dinner!

Ever tried kale chips?  If not, are you going to try them now??

What is your favorite frozen yogurt shop?

Disclaimer from me: I received the Clif Luna Protein bars from NutritionFix but was not compensated beyond that for this post and will receive no further compensation from NutritionFix. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 



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39 Responses to Kale Chips, Protein Bars, and even more Frozen Yogurt.

  1. Amy DeBlasio

    Have a GREAT weekend!! :) We are celebrating Daisy’s (a multipoo) 1st Birthday tomorrow! We are taking her to Petsmart and of course every excuse to get a Birthday cake :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Hahah I love it!! Happy Birthday to Daisy!

  2. Christi McGuire

    I can NOT believe you got Brandon to eat the kale chips. Wow. I don’t think Matt would ever do that, unless I blindfolded him! I might (might!) try them if you make them for me when I come visit! ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh, you’ll try them! ;) And I bet if we don’t tell the girls what they are, they’ll like them, too!

  3. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    I’m scared of Kale chips! I love veggies, but I did a juice fast a while back and put some kale in one of them and about lost my cookies (so sorry for that picture 1st thing in the morning! :/) I know I will try the chips eventually b/c everyone I know says the same as you, but I’m still a bit weary. My favorite fro-yo shop is definitely YOBE!!!! I lurve that their yogurt is only 25 cals an ounce and their taro flavor reminds me of our honeymoon in Hawaii! Oh, well…I’m off to work then to Trader Joe’s (for the 1st time ever) to buy healthy snacks b/c we are going to the BEACH tomorrow! Hallelujah!
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  4. Kat

    I loooove those luna bars!! actually I love all luna bars. The blueberry one and choc coconut are so tasty!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oooh both of those flavors sound awesome! I need to try them!

  5. Jessie @RunforFroYo

    Yum! I really want to try those protein bars. They look yummy!! I have tried kale chips, but they were soggy – not crispy. Maybe I didn’t cook them long enough? My favorite yogurt shop is Yogurt Land, – it’s so creamy!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Someone else said the same thing … I think making sure the kale is really dry before you put them in the oven, and make sure you bake them long enough. Hope you can try them again!

  6. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    All right I’m sold, I will be trying these :) Also, now I want fro yo, that looked amazing!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes!! Let me know what you think! :)

  7. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    i LOVE kale chips! and so does cody, which is definitely a bonus. :) i just discovered them a couple months ago, and i’m hooked now.
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  8. Theresa

    I have really been wanting to try out Kale chips for a while now..need to pick up some kale this weekend!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, and then let me know how they turn out!! :)

  9. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    I need to try Kale chips!! Maybe that’s something I’ll do with my mom when I move back home! And I love Brandon’s response haha…it totally sounds like something a guy would say! Chris is coming tonight!! So this weekend and part of next week will involve a lot of quality time with him…thank goodness! Hope you have a fabulous weekend friend! Love u xxoo
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww have so much fun!! Don’t even think about blogging … just enjoy your time!! ;)

  10. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    Ok Ok I am going to try the Kale chips. Now I just need to find Kale! Those cookie dough bars are a favorite of mine. I actually ate one this morning. I pretty much love anything that tastes like cookie dough. This weekend is marriage conference at church, hopefully a run and a bike and more unpacking!!! FUN!
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  11. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    Ahh that is so funny ! My husband is the same way. I always ask him if he ever thought he would be eating kale chips and liking it and he looks at me and says “uhh no!” lol we eat them at least twice a week!
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  12. Heather

    I am seriously craving your froyo concoction right now! That looks and sounds amazing!! This weekend I’m going indoor rock climbing with my momma, and taking my son to see the Avengers. Other than that, just enjoying the weather and seeing what shenanigans my son can get himself into! ;) And kale chips? YUMMM!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Now I don’t have to buy them! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Have fun rock climbing! They have that at my gym, and I’ve been wanting to try it!

  13. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    My favorite frozen yogurt place here is Sweet CeCe’s – it’s delicious! This weekend, we are attending a wedding and reception, finishing up the garden, I’m doing a zumba demo at a community walk, we are going to church and going to small group.

    I love kale chips!!! So delicious!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Wow, busy weekend, lady!! ;)

  14. Healthiful Balance

    I need to get my hands on some kale chips so I can make that recipe!
    I’ve tried that Luna Protein Bar flavor and loved it, too!

    Have a great weekend!
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  15. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I love LUNA bars, but I’ve never tried the protein variety. I’ll have to try the cookie dough flavor!
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  16. amy @ fearless homemaker

    aren’t kale chips fantastic? so glad you discovered ‘em! =) hope you’re having a great weekend, friend!
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  17. Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart

    I love Kale Chips! I literally crave them..and so does my husband!
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  18. Baking Serendipity

    I love your frozen yogurt goal! And I keep trying to get my husband to try kale chips, but he’s such a skeptic!
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  19. kaceyt

    Thank you so much for posting your recipe! I was away all weekend, but made them for dinner last night after I got home. They were fantastic! Eric loved them, too! I guess maybe the temp was too low when I was making them earlier. And I didn’t remove the stems which were disgusting:P

    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, the stems are nasty haha! I’m so glad that you guys tried them again and they were sucessful! They’re just so delicious! I bought a huge bag of kale today … I can’t wait to make more! :)

  20. Gretchen

    Thanks for the tip on the Luna Bars…I tried the cookie dough one today…so delicious! :) I have yet to try to make the kale chips…I’m curious though!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I’m gald you like the Luna Bars! I think it’s funny that even my husband likes them! That’s always the ultimate taste test! ;)

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