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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

HouseTalkN is HealthTalkN

Emma Intern (this is her new nickname and I think she really likes it!) told me that she had an idea for a blog post. Something that we could do together and it involved an outing to one of her favorite places.
I got so excited! Emma is a college student, so I naturally called on my own college experience to imagine where she might be taking me.
A college party...duh. I busted out my Violent Femmes tapes, teased my hair and put on some sparkly blue eye shadow. My old Pi Beta Phi sorority sweatshirt must have shrunk while in storage, so I didn't get to wow her with that piece of hawtness.
Imagine my surprise when Emma revealed how excited she had been to see that Strawberry Fields Natural Food Market is a HouseTalkN sponsor. Emma had also noticed that I ... er... enjoy my coffee and donuts. Emma proposed an outing to Strawberry Fields to show me how easy healthy eating could be! 
Clearly, Emma did not get the memo stating that college students shall live on Ramon Noodles and beer.
Take a lookiloo at our field trip to Strawberry Fields:




Emma pointed out that healthy eating is a LIFESTYLE not a diet. I knew that.

Emma pointed out that Strawberry Fields even offers a variety of vegan, sugar-free and/or gluten-free treats.



Emma pointed out the joys of kale while I held my coconuts.

For more information on Strawberry Fields, click here
(There's a cafe, yo'!)

Kale Chips Recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 1 medium-sized bunch curly kale (read notes above about types of kale and size variations), washed well, stems removed, and leaves torn into large-bite-sized pieces (about 2-3 inches wide) and dried (I use a salad spinner to get the leaves good and dry)
  • about 1/2 – 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (read notes about about measuring oil)
  • sprinkle of kosher salt, about 1 teaspoon
  • sprinkle of fresh-cracked black pepper, about 1/4 teaspoon
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet (or 2 if needed, read notes above about kale chip spacing) with parchment paper (or use aluminum foil lightly sprayed with non-stick spray).
  2. Place kale in a wide pile on your baking sheet. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over kale leaves, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and using hands, massage oil into the kale leaves. (See notes about on measuring the oil for additional tips).
  3. Once oil is evenly distributed, spread kale leaves out on baking sheet(s) in an even layer (see notes above about kale chip placement).
  4. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until leaves are crisp, but not burnt (mine usually stay pretty green, even once they’ve crisped up).
  5. Serve with ketchup or condiment of choice. Enjoy!

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the informative info! The gluten free treats look great!

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  2. I was shocked at how many options were available! The selection is amazing! Thanks, Tania!

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  3. Love Strawberry Fields! Best lip gloss ever at SF by the way....cruelty free. Obsessed!

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    1. Stay tuned, we'll include the lip gloss in the next SF post!
      Thanks, Jill!

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  4. Loved this. Love YOU and your sense of humor.You ALWAYS brighten my day.

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  5. So what does Intern Emma DO with kale? The hubby planted kale in our garden the other day - I've never eaten kale. (Pretty sure he hasn't either...) Will it go with my fried chicken and cornbread? Umm.. I mean grilled chicken and whole grain something or other...

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    1. Hi, Kerrye! You can use kale just like spinach- fresh in salad or in casserole dish or just steamed.
      Thank you for popping by!

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  6. You are so gosh darn pretty Kerry, even when you're being a goof ball! I love you and your coconuts.

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    1. Right back at ya, foxy! I'm going to text you a really "pretty" picture of me...
      Thank you, Great Bearded One.

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  7. I love the woman shopping behind you during the video. She's so horrified - hilarious!!!

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    1. I roared (as your mama would say!) when I saw that!

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  8. Wish we had a Strawberry Fields in Charlotte! What is the world coming to with college kids eating right? Please tell me she knew who the Violent Femmes are or I'll be *really* depressed. --Lisa

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    1. Sadly, no go on the Violent Femmes! Why can't I get just one...

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    2. Oh I'm going to have to put the Violent Femmes on right now. Day after day...

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    3. Daaaaay after daaaaaaaaaaaaay...
      Sing it, sister!

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  9. Look at the expression on the face of the woman passing by when you take a big bite out of the kale! That is priceless - did you pay her to do that?!! More Kerry and Emma Intern episodes! How about "Kerry and Emma Intern" go to Zumba class?

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    1. The lady in the background sent me into a fit of giggles! I actually know her and she was a great sport! Little did she know that a grocery trip would turn out so...interestingly.

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  10. I think we first heard the Violent Femmes on a strange road trip to San Francisco (remember when the wholesome looking gal giving us the ride asked, "Do you like Violent Femmes?" and we looked at each other for a long moment?

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  11. Funny stuff. I love the Violent Femmes. When my now 22 year old daughter discovered this she looked at me like I had two heads.

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    1. My kiddos are too young for The Violent Femmes but I look forward to the day...
      Thanks, Cocktail Mom!

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  12. ROFL!!!! Oh my gosh that ladies face was priceless!!! And your coconuts are looking much more perky than mine these days. ;-)
    Vanessa

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    1. My sister pointed out that I am holding my coconuts about 6 inches higher than my own coconuts!

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