"I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you."
I have a serious love for kale. It manages to make its way into our meals on a weekly basis and I always incorporate it into breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether it's in the form of a smoothie, kale chips, roasted kale, sautéed kale or a kale frittata, my family can guarantee kale is on the menu.
My friend recently gave me a jar of her homemade kale powder and I can't get enough of it! I've been adding it to our morning smoothies, sprinkling it over salads and casseroles, tossing it into eggs, and well, just about anything and everything. For the most part, this powder is tasteless and can easily be added to any dish to give you a healthy boost of vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin C. Kale is also a good source of vitamin B6, folate,thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E and several dietary minerals, including iron, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. In other words, it's superfood that you should incorporate into your diet!
yield: depends on how much kale you use
1-2 bunches of fresh kale (it can be Curly, Lacinato, or Red Russian)
1. Thoroughly wash the kale and press between two clean towels to dry.
2. Remove any thick stems.
3. Lay out the kale on large cookie sheets if using an oven or line them on the tray of your dehydrator.
4. Dehydrate at around 120 degrees until crisp. I use the oven but you can just as easily use a dehydrating machine.
5. Once kale is dehydrated, place the leaves in a Vitamix or Ninja (you can use a blender or food processor as well) and pulse until desired texture. Try to get it to a powder consistency; this could take a few minutes.
6. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Until the end of the Middle Ages, kale was one of the most common green vegetables in Europe. During World War II, the cultivation of kale in the U.K. was encouraged by the Dig for Victory campaign. The vegetable was easy to grow and provided important nutrients to supplement those missing from a normal diet because of rationing.
“Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the Romance of the unusual.”
I seek enchantment through travel.
I find purpose in simple moments spent with loved ones.
I turn to nature for tranquility and peace.
My mind is full and my heart is filled with the unusual.
I see new ideas all around me.
I am bountiful with life.
These photos may be from last summer, but they are special memories and collected treasures that I wanted to share. I'm finally getting around to editing our vacation photos from this summer and thought I should share last summers first.
Click the link below to see our travels to San Juan Island last summer.
I'm slowly getting back into the routine of blogging and I'm excited to take this little space of mine in new directions. As you all know, food plays a large role in our life and I credit much of Jonas' health to clean eating and the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) diet. Since so much of our time and day revolves around food, it only makes sense that I start sharing our meals here on my website.
In addition to those exciting changes, I'm thrilled to announce that I'm guest writing over on EarthFare's website and blog, The Vine, a couple times a month. You can check out my most recent post here.
Here's a recipe I shared over on EarthFare a couple weeks ago. Smoothies are our go-to breakfast food because they are simple to make, can be taken on the road when in a hurry and they are packed full of nutrients to fuel and heal the body.
Berry Blast Smoothie Bowl
Yield: 1 serving
1 medium banana
1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
¼ cup frozen cranberries
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp. flax seeds
1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp. coconut butter
1 tbsp. cashew butter
1 scoop powder collagen, optional
1 tbsp. cacoa seeds
1 tsp. chia seeds
2 tsp. goji berries
1 tbsp coconut flakes
1. Mix all ingredients, except toppings, in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle toppings generously over the smoothie.
**Omit the following ingredients to make SCD legal: flax seeds, use homemade almond milk or organic apple juice, cacao seeds, chia seeds and goji berries. Add desired SCD legal toppings and enjoy.
A little glimpse into our day through the eyes of my camera.
1. A growing, now healthy, puppy.
2. Working on name recognition.
3. Asking for treats. Piper, not Jess.
4. Simple space around my desk.
5. Reading in the sunshine.
6. Jumping on a newly made bed. Also, I really need to get some artwork for the bedroom. Suggestions??
7. Building up the confidence to ride down the driveway.
8. My little biker.
9. This expression! She was so worried she was going to run into me, haha.
10. Watering day.
11. My cactus; the only indoor plant I can manage to keep alive.
12. Lazy nights, a sick plant and the Rubik cube.
13. A sleepy puppy with a big belly.
After months of silence I finally felt the urge to resurface. It's odd that blogging and staying active on social media was once such a staple of my life and now it's the last thing on my mind. Don't get me wrong, there are some aspects I miss: the creative writing, the deadlines, endless cups of coffee while editing and re-writing, staying up late, feeling a sense of independence and significance and of course, having opportunities fall into my inbox.
But my main focus in life is larger; it is greater than opportunities for myself, it is greater than feelings of significance and accomplishment that grow from my creativity. My main focus in life is raising my family. It is staying home, not to write that article or make that deadline, but to simply be present in my children's lives. Be present for now, because one day I won't have the chance to be present. One day they will be gone and the house will be silent and I'll have all the time in the world to embrace my creativity, write my heart out and make those deadlines.
So for now, I write when time allows.
So what exactly, besides parenting in general, has kept me away and so busy? These days we've been busy keeping Jonas healthy with good food, we've been over-consumed with soccer, school and the hectic life as an active family who seems to always be on the go. We've embraced summer to the fullest and are holding on tightly to these last couple weeks. Oh, and we added a new member to the family! A little yellow lab named Piper.
These days I practically live in the kitchen. If I'm not cooking meals or snacks I'm prepping them or cleaning up from them. Since deciding to treat Jonas' Crohn's Disease with food our lifestyle has changed dramatically. Yes it can be hectic and stressful but the results are beyond rewarding. In the spring we had a follow-up appointment at the Cleveland Clinic and all his labs are normal - in fact, I think it is safe to say that he is in remission! After a year and a half of ups and downs we have finally reached a path of health. Fingers crossed this healthy lifestyle continues; back-to-school is a notorious time for flare ups, as we experienced last year. Next week we have blood work and the following week our appointment and all I can think about is what those tests results will reveal. Hopefully his hard work and dedication continues to pay off.
It's nice to be back and feel the urge to write and share!