Attack of the Football Season Snacking

I don’t know about you, but something about watching football games on Sundays during the fall induces me to consume high-calorie, sugary/salty/fattening foods (not to mention beer…I’m really digging hard apple cider right now…). SO, my goal for this years football season? To come up with some healthy snacks that still *taste* like junk food. Tricky? Yes. Impossible? No way!  So todays recipe is all about…

CHIP SWAP! Toss the Tostitos and reach for…KALE?

Yep. Kale. That weird dark green leafy stuff that you’ve never tried. I was a little skeptical about this one, but I’M NOT LYING, it’s AMAZING. Crunchy, salty, and just like chips…you can’t stop eating them. Seriously. Just try! And bonus? You get a good dose of fiber, iron, and lots of other vitamins and minerals. Kale is super healthy for you!

What you need
  • 1 or 2 (or 3) big bunches of Kale
  • cookie sheets
  • parchment paper or foil
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
  • an olive oil mister/pump (optional, but SERIOUSLY worth the $10 investment)
 
 What you do
  • line cookie sheets with parchment paper/foil (I’m all about not doing dishes if possible!)
  • wash/dry your kale
  • tear into oversized tortilla chip sized pieces and place on cookie sheet (pack ’em in there…they shrink a ton)
  • spray/sprinkle with olive oil
  • sprinkle with sea salt (LIGHTLY! You don’t need much at all…the first time I made these I over-salted, so I went lighter on the salt the second batch, and they were STILL too salty…a word to the wise!)
  • bake @ 350 for 10-15 minutes (edges should be brown but not burnt)
*If you’re feeling extra crazy, experiment with adding seasonings…crushed red pepper, Thai, lemon pepper, garlic salt…

 

ENJOY! (See how much they shrank? That tray was FULL before baking!)

 

Have a happy, healthy day!

Caitlin

 

 

 
 
 

Road Trippin

We’re on the road! Hello from the Beertooth, I mean Beartooth, mountains! After enjoying lots of locally brewed beer, grilled veggies, rock climbing, and hiking over the labor day weekend we’re back on the road.

12 hours on the road is a long time to sit still, and every time you fill up on gas, the junk food at the convenience store is sooooo tempting. The best way to beat the junk food munchies is to pack a few healthy options in the car before you leave, and have a list of “pre-approved” convenience store snacks that you can indulge in.

Here are some of the best car trip foods:
Blueberries
Bananas
Grapes
Baby carrots
Turkey Jerky
All natural cheese (not the overly processed stuff!!!)
Air popped popcorn
Dark chocolate
Freeze dried fruit
Salad (easy on the dressing and extra toppings like croutons or breaded chicken)
Nuts (plain peanuts, almonds, cashews…)

And don’t forget about about all the empty calories that are in those sugary drinks! Skip to soda or iced frappachino and opt for:
Unsweetened iced tea
Club soda/Sparkling water
Milk (whole milk is actually the healthiest…more on that coming soon!)
Coconut water

What are your favorite healthy road trip snacks?

Have a happy, healthy day!
Caitlin

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