Abs start in the kitchen, and they find their sexy in the gym. Or the dance floor, yoga mat, reformer, at the barre. Catch my drift?
I love preparing delicious nutrient dense meals, desserts and snacks in my kitchen. But I have to admit, I do have a guilty pleasure. I love me some sweet potato and chocolate tortilla chips, the ones by Food Should Taste Good. I can devour a whole bag in one sitting. They taste so good! Unfortunately, despite their placement in Whole Foods Market, and deceptively healthy looking packaging, they are not healthy. I don’t care if they’re baked first, they’re still fried! Fried foods are never healthy : (
But I love the crunch, and the salty sweetness…
Enter, Raw Chocolate Kale chips. Yep, my replacement for chocolate tortillas chips are raw chocolate kale chips. Would you believe me if I told you they are equally delicious? No joke! Sure, they don’t hold up well dipped in nut butter, but they’re perfect for us salty/sweet chip lovers.
Raw Chocolate Kale chips are a perfect example of a nutrient dense whole food. The processing extends to me blending the seeds, and dehydrating the kale, yet they’re still full of super nutrients. I’m talking protein, antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K, magnesium, fiber- that’s just a small sampling of the nutrients inside.
See, you can have your cake and eat it too… or kale : )
It’s that time of year when we start thinking about shedding winter pounds for flowing mini dresses and bikinis. We hit the gym, and toss the chips and ice cream, only to find ourselves back here again a few months later. Why not just reach your ideal weight and stay there?
I know, it’s not that easy.
Lack of motivation and time meet temptation and cravings, and you’re back at square one. Even for us vegans, losing weight and keeping it off for good can be difficult. Every body is different, but one thing reigns true, a nutrient rich plant-based diet, low in empty calories, along with physical activity is the way to go if you want to live a longer, happier, healthier life at your ideal weight. Eating this way has helped stabilize my weight, boost my energy, improve my digestion and boost my immunity.
Join me on March 25th at 11:30am for a Free Preview Call for the Spring 30-Day Vegan Challenge. I’ll be joined by my friend, NYC personal trainer Greg Sher of IKillFat.com. Greg and I will be sharing our tips for losing weight (& maintaining your optimum weight) with a tasty whole foods nutrient rich vegan diet.
1 bunch of green kale, washed and torn off the stem
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked 2 hours
6 Medjool dates, pitted
1/3 cup water
3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink salt, or finely ground sea salt
Drain soaking sunflower seeds, and rinse with fresh water. Place them in a food processor along with the dates and water. Blend until smooth…well, it won’t be silky smooth, but a little grainy is okay. Now add the cacao, cayenne and salt. Blend again.
Place half of the washed kale into a large mixing bowl. Scoop half of the cacao seed puree onto the kale, and massage thoroughly with your hands for a few minutes. Transfer the massaged kale onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet. Massage the remaining kale with the remaining puree, and transfer that onto another dehydrator sheet. Dehydrate at 115° for at least 6 hours, until crispy. Share…or not : )