Old Fashioned Kale Chips

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Attention, mamas: Kale is over!

At least that’s what I have read a few times across the Internet now (and if it says so on the Internet, we all know it’s true!). Kale is over. Overrated. Done. As in “kale as a vegetable in general” is not cool anymore. Gasp! What exactly is passé about it…its stellar nutritional value? Its versatility? Its delicious, robust taste? It shall remain a mystery to me.

Anyways, please go ahead and call me old fashioned (or maybe just old) as I sit and devour this entire bowl of deliciously crispy, salty kale chips. That’s right – going retro hanging out with my trusted friend k-dog over here. And please, nobody interrupt me unless, of course, you have come to tell me which new hipster vegetable I am supposed to be eating in large quantities next. I’ll totally do it!

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Zoya Naked Manicure

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Your nails but better.

The “less is more” approach to beauty has been going strong for a while now and after several seasons of natural looking faces, the trend has finally turned towards our nails. If you follow fashion at all, you may have noticed that many of the runway models at the last New York Fashion Week were rocking “barely there” manicures with just a hint of clear polish. And hey, if it’s good enough for runway models, it’s good enough for us, no?

Natural, well kept nails always look put together and go with absolutely everything in my book (no manicure remorse…hubba hubba!). However, unlike the aforementioned runway goddesses, the average beauty addict like myself may have discolored, brittle or otherwise (product) damaged nails which makes going completely or nearly bare on our finger tips a little daunting. Enter: Zoya Naked Manicure.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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My kids have been begging me to buy Nutella.

Heck, I’ve been wanting to buy Nutella! The giant Costco-size glass of silky chocolatey goodness that just tastes like pure heaven on a piece of fresh baked bread (or a slice of plain old toast…either way). You should know that I am somewhat of a Nutella connoisseur. Growing up in Germany, I’d say a Nutellabrot is the closest us Central Europeans will ever get to a PB&J. So delicious but the sugar, the modified palm oil, the (most likely) GMO soy, the artificial flavor, the sugar! I. Just. Can’t.

So, before I deprive my kids and myself any further, I thought I’d give making my own chocolate hazelnut spread a shot. So far, I have only made this once but it turned out so yummy I feel like it is my duty to share the recipe with ya’ll as soon as possible. Hopefully, it’ll have you say No-tella in no time, too!

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Naturally Beautiful with W3LL PEOPLE

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Are you a #naturalwarrior yet?

A couple of weeks ago, the green beauty community of Instagram was buzzing with excitement (shoutout to Maison Pur and Free Love Beauty!) – some of W3LL PEOPLE’s products are now available at Target.com. What’s W3LL PEOPLE? A premium quality clean make-up brand whose founders – an elite make-up artist, cosmetic dermatologist and nature-loving entrepreneur – are passionate about making positive choices in life and in self care. Formulated without any potentially harmful artificial chemicals found in most conventional makeup, W3LL PEOPLE’s modern take on beauty (as you may have guessed from the alluring minimalist design of their packaging) is built on simplicity, authenticity and performance.

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Fried Cauliflower “Rice” with Sautéed Vegetables

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A clean eating spin on a classic take-out favorite.

When I recently got a cauliflower in my North Scottsdale Organics bag, I thought to finally give cauliflower “rice” a try. Although I love regular old brown rice for its versatility and nutritional value (we’re not grain-free, paleo or low carb) making a rice substitute with it seemed like an easy way to add more vegetables to our dinner and to come up with something new that the whole family would like. Since then, I have been experimenting with different recipes and this one for fried cauliflower rice with sautéed vegetables turned out to be one of our favorites.

Fried rice is a delicious dish but can be a quite unhealthy choice when ordered in most restaurants – a huge serving of nutritionally-void white rice fried in vegetable oil with heaps of MSG, possibly fatty meats and little vegetables…oh, the horror!

So, even if you generally don’t trust health foods disguised as comfort foods, give this one a try. It is very satisfying and tastes great while being great for your body. Pinky promise!

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