Kale

Brunch for One

Happy Saturday!! I love weekends where no travel is involved… so relaxing. Unfortunately, I woke up to this:

Which put a major damper on my plans to lounge by the pool all day… Better things are in store though!

Last night I got home and had a package from Amazon.com, which had my gift from my birthday gift from my sisters!

A Camelbak!! I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now because I hate holding a water bottle when I run, and my water belt can be a little much for shorter runs. But in the intense heat, water is necessary on any length run for me, so I couldn’t wait to get out and use it! I decided to go for a run even though it was SO hot last night, so I did a walk/run instead which seems to be my new thing. I ran for 4.25 miles, and walked just over 1 mile. I took .25 mile walking breaks 4 times during the run, so the longest stretch of running straight was 1.5 miles. I LOVED having my Camelbak because I didn’t have to worry about conserving water as I do when I carry a bottle, and it felt so light on my back I could barely tell it was there. My Garmin says I burned 575 calories.. woohoo!

I should have planned better with my post run eats, becuase I had a peach and then just couldn’t think of what else I wanted, so I ended up grazing and just eating a bunch of stuff instead of a good, solid meal. I had an almond butter sandwich on wheat, lots of Dr. Krackers, and a bowl of Special K with soy milk. It doesn’t sound like much, but it was actually a lot and basically all carbs rather than having a balanced meal. Mental note to plan better for meals post workouts because I always end up grazing and eat too much when I don’t plan well.

After seeing the gloom today, I decided to make myself brunch for one. I wanted eggs and pancakes, so I figured why not have both!? I made two mini protein pancakes, which were 2 points combined, with 1 tbsp pancake mix, 1/2 scoop protein powder, and 1 tbsp each of light soy milk and egg whites.

Then I sauteed a green onion with kale over nonstick spray (0 pts) and put a fried egg (2 pts) on top of it.

Then, for good measure, I had a small peach and an apricot (1 pt) from my farm share.

This whole plate of goodness for only 5 points!

It really hit the spot!

What are you plans for today? Is it rainy/gloomy where you are? I’m going to get my nails done with two of my girls, Lianne and Rachel, and then going to a 4pm Bikram class with them. It will be Rachel’s first Bikram class ever so I am so excited for her. After that, we have the celebration for Lianne and my birthdays tonight, where we’re going out to a fancy dinner and then out to a few bars. I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap!

Weigh In and Weekly Goals

One of my June Goals was to go back to Weight Watchers, which I did on June 24th for the first time since early April. I had gained 3 pounds in the 3 months that I’d taken a hiatus from going, which is not too bad considering that I didn’t count points and did a lot of drinking and having fun. I have been on WW since March 2009, and have basically been the same weight since January, so it’s really time to just push forward and get to my goal weight already. With my weigh in at the end of June, I had 9 pounds to go to get to my goal weight.

I skipped weigh in (WI) last week because I had a really busy day at work and had meetings over lunch, but I went back today. During those two weeks, I lost 2.6 pounds!! I was so happy to see a pretty significant move on the scale since I haven’t seen one of those in ages, and this means I only have 6.4 pounds until I’m at my goal weight! I’d like to put out there that my personal goal weight is 4-14 pounds lower than my WW goal weight, but I’m not really in a rush to get there, I just think my body will naturally get there once it’s ready. I am in a rush to get to my WW goal though, so that I can become a lifetime member and stop paying! I’d also love the opportunity to be a Leader and run the meetings, and you have to be Lifetime in order to do that.

So, I am setting some goals for myself for this week to keep myself on the losing train:

  1. Workout 5 times – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday. I’m flexible with what I do, but I’d like to do the Shred at least once, Bikram at least once, and run 2x.
  2. Finalize My Half-Marathon Training Plan – The half marathon is somehow only 11 weeks from this weekend!! I will share my plan once it’s developed fully, but this week is the week I have to do it!
  3. Limit Alcohol – Saturday night I’m celebrating my birthday with my friends, first with a birthday dinner and then going out on the town, so that night there will be plenty of booze (and it will also be my “free” day). Besides that day, I’d like to keep drinking to a minimum. My eating habits and drinking tend to go hand in hand (as in eat bad and way too much when I drink) and I don’t have any other special stuff going on so it should be doable.
  4. Lots of Water – I’ve been OK about this most of the time, but in this intense heat its even more important to get a lot of water in, and I think getting sick on my birthday night had a lot to do with not drinking enough water. 8 cups a day minimum, and more when exercising.
  5. Daily Multivitamin – I stopped taking multivitamins for some reason and need to get back into the habit of taking one daily, even though I eat a pretty balanced diet and get in most of my nutrients naturally. I just took one for today, so check! 🙂

Lunch today was a loaded salad that was deeeeelicious.

It had:

  • Kale (0 pts)
  • 1 tsp garlic gold oil (1 pt)
  • carrots (0 pts)
  • broccoli (0 pts)
  • 2 tbsp garlic hummus (1 pt)
  • 1 oz RF feta cheese (1 pt)
  • 1/2 serving tempeh (2 pts)

This salad was really big and satisfying since there was so much going on. I rubbed the oil onto the kale and it was the first time I tried the Garlic Gold Oil and it is AWESOME. There is garlic at the bottom so the whole jar is really flavorful and added a nice kick to the salad.

Do you set daily, weekly, or monthly goals for yourself? What are you currently working on? Do you find they help you stay on track or just get you overwhelmed? I’ve just recently started setting shorter term goals and I like it because they are easier to stick with than my big goals like “get to goal weight” and help me make mindful decisions.

5 v 5

Hello and happy almost Friday! I’m in a great mood because it is gorgeous outside and my old boss is taking me out for early birthday drinks tonight (which is Tuesday!) These things add up to me having a bit of trouble sitting still…

My friend/coworker Kara brought me in a treat today. (Side note… isn’t it always weird to just say coworker when they’re your friend, or to just say friend when they’re your coworker, but maybe even weirder to put a slash in an introduction!?) Anyways, she posted a recipe for Blueberry Cheesecake Squares with Hazelnuts and they looked SO good that I commented on the entry asking when she was going to bring them in for me to try… well today was the day.

Oh man was that tasty! She used fat free cream cheese and fat free yogurt in the recipe instead of the heavy cream/full fat cream cheese, but these babies were still 5 points each! While absolutely delicious and I’m so glad I had it, it’s kind of funny that the picture above this is 5 points, and all the food below this (my real lunch) was also 5 points…

Carrot “chips” and raw broccoli (0 pts)

Massaged Kale Salad with 1 tsp olive oil (1 pt) and salt, plus 1/2 cup chickpeas (1 pt) and yellow squash (0 pts).

I also had a toasted wheat pita on the side (1 pt) and used it to eat the chickpeas and salad. For dessert, I had some watermelon chunks (1 pt).

Isn’t that crazy that you can have one blueberry cheesecake square OR carrots, broccoli, chickpeas, squash, kale, olive oil, a pita, and watermelon for the same number of points!?

What are some substitutions you’ve made in your diet to cut down on calories/fat or points? I used to snack on a lot of processed granola bars or yogurt with cereal and peanut butter, but as my points started dwindling down I realized I could get much more bang for my buck if I ate fruit or veggies for snacks. For the same number of points as 1/2 cup of yogurt plus 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 3/4 cup puffins, I can have an apple, a grapefruit, a cup of grapes, AND some watermelon. I might turn into a piece of fruit if I did that, but you get my drift… 🙂

Easy Homemade Veggie Burgers

Unfortunately I don’t think I fully kicked off the sickness that was threatening last week – I’ve been feeling kind of under the weather all day. It’s nothing major, it’s just a cough and some congestion in my chest, but I picked up some meds and am going to take it easy so that hopefully this doesn’t turn into a full blown anything. Argh.

Also unfortunate, my lunch did not hold me over at all. My stomach was grumbling about an hour later – not sure why because it was a lot of food, but I was able to hold off until 3:30 or so to eat again. My afternoon snack was awesome and different than usual for me.

A flatout wrap with almond butter and a sliced apple. I rolled it up and this was so good and filling. Winning combo in my book.

I was originally planning on doing something low key like walking or elliptical tonight after work, but I was starting to feel a little worse, so decided to just relax and watch TV instead. I did come up with an awesome recipe for homemade veggie burgers on a whim that turned out awesome and helped me feel a bit better. 🙂

Ingredients (for 2 burgers – 1 point each):

  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 carrot
  • ~1 cup kale
  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • salt and pepper to taste

I put the carrot, kale, and basil into a food processor and pulsed it a little first, and then added the chickpeas, parmesan, and oats to the mix.

I pulsed that all together for 30 seconds until the consistency was uniform and it looked like this:

I shaped the mixture into two patties:

I cooked one on a pan over low heat for 2 minutes on each side and that was it! These burgers are awesome, and I honestly cannot believe I waited so long to make my own veggie burgers. The fresh basil and parmesan cheese each added such delicious flavor to the mix and the texture was just incredible. I looooove these and am so excited that they are so easy to whip up. It literally took 10 minutes from start to finish for these burgers.

You might be shocked to hear that I topped my burger with cheese… 🙂

Romano cheese to be exact. I served it on a toasted arnold thin with a few basil leaves. I also had some McCain’s Sweet Potato Fries on the side (frozen and cooked according to package directions) and a little reduced-sugar ketchip.

Note: I’m not normally that stingy with ketchup, it was just the end of the bottle.

This was such a simple and awesome dinner, and completely customizable based on what ingredients you have to work with. You could easily sub in a different kind of beans or other veggies, but I think the addition of a fresh herb and the parmesan really make the burger. The texture of these is SO good, I honestly can’t wait to have the other one that’s in my fridge!

I’m going to take it easy, watch TV, drink tea, and scare this sickness away. Let’s hope. 🙂

Random and The Giveaway Winner

That is the only word I can think of to describe dinner tonight. I didn’t sleep too well last night, and this afternoon post-lunch, it hit me hard. I was practically falling asleep at my desk, so when I got home, I couldn’t do too much to prevent myself from going directly to my bed and passing out for a good hour and a half. When I woke up around 7, I was ravenous! I wanted something and fast, so I heated up two of these Veggie Buns that I picked up at the Asian Grocery Store yesterday:

These just needed to heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, so the timing was perfect. I had some soy sauce with a little honey in it on the side, and they were delicious! They were stuffed with mostly cabbage, so pretty light, but the soy sauce was perfect with it.

Once I gobbled those down, I decided to make some Kale Chips. I’d never made them before but had heard great things, and they were super easy! I just took a bunch of kale, sprayed it with olive oil and some salt, and spread it out on a cookie sheet:

I put it in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes (mixing it around after 10), and then they were done. Simple!

DELICIOUS. I will definitely be making these again.

After the kale, I wanted a little something else, so I decided to make a smoothie. I had seen Chocolate Cherry Bomb’s on Caitlin’s blog, and I had some frozen cherries, so I decided to go for it, except I forgot the spinach! I have a ton of spinach I have to use up too but I was already mostly through it before realizing I’d left out a key ingredient. It was still delicious, just not as nutrition packed as it could have been.

This Chocolate Cherry Bomb had:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 10 frozen cherries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

So good but will hopefully remember spinach the next time. Anyways, random dinner, right? I have to remember that I usually wake up from a nap post-work ravenous, so to have something easy and healthy to eat (like those veggie buns!) so that I don’t end up mindlessly eating everything in my kitchen.

And now, for the KIND Bar winner! I meant to post this earlier today, but I used Random.Org to generate the winning number…

True Random Number Generator 36 Powered by RANDOM.ORG
So the winner is, littlemisspotato, #36. She said “I have never tried them yet! I’d love to though.
The Fruit and Nut Delight and the Cranberry Almond sound fabulous. :D
Email me your address at bethklein at gmail dot com, and I’ll have the KIND people send you your bars right away. Congrats!!

20 Miles!

I am already back in DC and just got back from my longest bikeride ever! It’s been a goooood day.

I ended up falling asleep fast and hard last night and it felt so good. I woke up without an alarm around 8 am and hung out with my sister and her husband for a bit while we drank some coffee. Then they made me delicious breakfast before I got on the road.

2 farm fresh scrambled eggs, 2 slices of tomato, 1/4 an avocado, and 1 piece of whole wheat toast. It was simple, yet delicious. I ended up spreading the avocado on the toast and it was awesome. I love how colorful this plate is! I ended up getting on the road around 10am which was awesome because I made it home in no time. I literally hit no traffic and made it around 12:30 which included a stop for gas. I’m so glad we celebrated last night so I didn’t get caught in Mother’s Day Brunch traffic… that always makes me cranky!

After I got home, I unpacked quickly and then decided to go for a bikeride. It’s a gorgeous, sunny, and cool day here in DC – perfect weather for a ride. I set out not quite sure how far I would go, and I was feeling so good that I decided to do 20 miles! It was my longest ride to date, and besides my butt being pretty sore, I feel great now too. I went on the Mount Vernon Trail towards Alexandria, and I usually get sort of turned around because the trail isn’t marked well during certain parts, but I had an idea of where to go and asked a few riders for directions, and then figured it out. I went 10 miles towards Mount Vernon (which was 4 miles further) and then turned around and came back. Soon I want to do the full ride of 28 miles (14 each way) but I didn’t want to push it since 16 was the furthest I’d gone before today. It is only a little hilly in parts but it was a nice, challenging ride.

Today’s stats:

– Distance: 20.13 miles

– Duration: 1hr35min3sec

– Avg. Pace: 4:43min/mi

– Avg. Speed: 12.7mph

– Calories Burned: 1172

Overall, a great ride! I brought these Gu Chomps with me:

And I ate 5 of them on the ride (115 calories worth). I didn’t like these AT ALL. They are chewy but kind of stick to your teeth and the flavor just tasted gross. I’m pissed at myself because I bought 5 packages of these because they were having a special at a race expo but I’d never tried them before! Maybe the other flavors will be better, but I much prefer the Sports Beans which actually taste like candy.

As soon as I got home, I was craving a smoothie, so I made an interesting combo.

Into the blender went:

  • 1.5 cups light soy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 15 frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 3 cups baby kale (end of the bag)

Now this smoothie had a lot of potential… minus the kale. When I put spinach into smoothies, I can barely tell its there because it doesn’t really affect the taste or texture. Not so with the kale… It was baby kale so it’s a lot more tender than regular kale, but it didn’t blend up nearly as well as the spinach does so I could taste it and felt “chunks” of it (ew) in the smoothie. I think if I had put spinach in there instead it would have been a winning combo. I didn’t let it go to waste but I don’t think I’ll be using kale in my green smoothies anymore!

I’m off to shower and relax a bit. Hope Sunday is treating you well!

Dangerous Dr. Krackers

Hiya! They were saying mid 70s and sunny today but it is looking pretty gloomy outside… pretty sad. That might not stop me from a later afternoon frozen yogurt stop though. 🙂

For lunch today I had a mix of leftovers and things I’m trying to use up since I’ll be going out of town tomorrow. I used almost all of the baby kale I had left to make a massaged kale salad with 2 tsp olive oil and some salt. With the salad I had ~ 1/2 cup rice noodles (leftover from Tuesday’s Lettuce Wraps) and the baked tempeh from last night. I also put a squirt of BBQ sauce on the plate for good measure.

On the side, I had the rest of the roasted parsnips and sweet potatoes, also left over from last night.

So simple, but so good. I love how roasted veggies get so sweet that you can just eat them plain and they have so much flavor.

But then came the best/worst thing to happen… Dr Krackers Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Snackers.

From the website, “We toast this cracker while it’s baking to coax the “wow” out of those delicious organic pumpkin seeds, and to get that the most out of that unique, extra-crispy toasted cheddar flavor. Absolutely delicious.” And delicious they were. Do you see how each kracker (I absolutely love writing cracker with a k) has cheese baked on top?

Oh.my.god. Seriously, these are like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. If you see these anywhere, BUY THEM. What made them the worst thing is I could not stop eating them. Luckily I ran around my office and made everyone who would talk to me try one, so I didn’t eat them ALL myself, but I made a pretty hefty dent and now the box is empty. These krackers (awesome) are really crunchy, which again takes a little getting used to during your first bite, but then they are like heaven. Everyone in my office agreed just in case you don’t believe me. 😉

Hope Friday is being good to you!

Crumbled Tempeh Salad

I might start eating breakfast at home more… those pancakes left a smile on my face all morning! To be honest, one of the main reasons I tend to wait until I get to work to eat breakfast is because I figure if I eat at home, I’ll get hungrier for lunch a lot sooner than 12. But I think I enjoy my breakfast and have more fun throwing it together when I make it before work. Today I had those pancakes around 8:15-8:30, and was pretty full until 11:30am or so. I had an apple for a snack around then, and it held me over until 12:30 for lunch, so it worked perfectly.

This was a fuji apple from the farmer’s market yesterday. What a huge difference in flavor this was from the apples I usually get at the grocery store! It was so sweet and crispy and just delicious. Even when I buy organic apples from the grocery store, they don’t come close to this taste. I’m so excited to have 3 more of these!

Lunch was pretty interesting. I threw it together last night before Bikram because I knew I’d be too tired to put it together after I got home. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to make, so I just started throwing some ingredients into the food processor. I added a handful of kale, baby carrots, and 1/2 cup of chickpeas. I pulsed it until it was ground up together, and then I added 1 oz of light feta and 1/2 serving of tempeh, crumbled up. I seasoned it with some salt and pepper, and then let it sit overnight.

I decided to name is Crumbled Tempeh Salad. Though quite random, it was delicious and completely raw. I ate it with some Wasa Crackers.

I just discovered these in my cabinet and had completely forgotten about them. I love wasa crackers because they’re so crunchy and light, and were perfect for scooping up this salad. I also had a Massaged Kale Salad on the side to use up the last of the kale from last week’s farmers market.

Unfortunately, this was a total fail. I must have majorly overdone it with the salt without realizing. I still ate the salad, but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Sad.

After lunch I was craving something sweet, so I went to CVS and picked up some Gummy Bears. But unlike last time, I purchased a single serving bag of gummy bears, so didn’t feel guilty eating the whole thing. 🙂

They compeltely hit the spot without making me feel like I overdid it. I also grabbed a Venti Iced Green Tea from Starbucks.

Which I’m currently drinking as I finish up the last few hours of work for the week! <3 Fridays.

Raw Tempeh

Hiya! Just a quick lunch post so I can get back to work, but I tried raw tempeh for the first time today! I picked this kind up from Trader Joe’s:

This package has 2 servings, but I actually only had 1/2 a serving on my sandwich. There are 240 calories in a serving, 11grams of fat, 9 grams of dietary fiber, and 20g protein. So 1/2 a serving had 120 calories, 5.5g of fat, and 4.5g dietary fiber, and 10g of protein.

My Raw Tempeh Sandwich had:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
  • 1/2 serving of tempeh, sliced thin
  • bed of kale
  • roasted red peppers
  • red pepper coulis (spread on the bread)
  • red onions (microwaved for 1 minute to soften)

I had the sandwich with a side of baby carrots:

Plus some Pirate’s Booty which was sent to me as a sample.

And 3 mandarins for dessert:

Bigger lunch that usual today for me today but I’m seeing if I testing out to see if a bigger lunch will make me less snacky later in the day. The verdict on the raw tempeh sandwich – delicious! Honestly, I barely tasted the tempeh in there but it added a nice texture. I think using it on a sandwich when in a crunch is an awesome vegetarian option in place of lunch meat like I used to have. I was hesitant to eat it raw, but with all the veggies packed on there, I only really noticed the texture. This will definitely be a new lunch staple for me since its so easy and requires no cooking.

The Pirate’s Booty was not my favorite. I love most Pirate’s Booty, but the Sour Cream and Onion flavor just didn’t do it for me. It was kind of sweet, but in a weird way. I’ll just stick with regular or Veggie Booty going forward! The carrots and mandarins were great, though. Can’t go wrong with fresh produce!

I’m thinking about going to Bikram AGAIN tonight!! I realized I left my water bottle there last night, so I have to go back anyways to pick it up. It’s $15 for a drop in class, so I think I’m going to take the plunge and do it. I’ve been thinking about the postures all day and can’t wait until I can improve on them. I think I feel a new (expensive) addiction coming on.

Hope your Thursday is fabulous. Be back tonight!!

25 Things

I’ve had a few people ask about Overnight Oats and if it’s a special type of oats or what it is. So rather than responding in the comments section (because I doubt many people go back to look at those), I’ll just say it here. Overnight oats are just regular old oats that you prepare the night before and leave in the fridge overnight.. thus the name overnight oats. I use rolled oats, but you can use instant oats, multi grain hot cereal, or any other kind, except steel cut because those require a bit of cooking. My friend Allison actually went to three different stores looking for something labeled “Overnight Oats” but had no luck because no such thing exists! 🙂

I’ve seen this survey on quite a few blogs today, so I thought I’d answer the questions myself and show you a little bit about me. Here goes..

  • Where would you be able to spend hours and be happy? Outside, especially at the beach and not at a desk.
  • What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? Glazed or Boston cream!
  • Do you have any tattoos or piercings? No tattoos, and no interesting piercings. I have my ears pierced twice and my cartilage pierced on my right ear. I did pierce my own bellybutton at age 15 but have since removed it, but that’s a whole different story. 😉
  • What is your favorite movie? Ohh this is tough. I love Woody Allen movies (especially Annie Hall) and anything with Will Ferrell, but I also love Juno, Lost in Translation, and Walk the Line. Can’t pick one!
  • Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? My boyfriend… he was in southern VA for the night last night so I talked to him before bed.
  • Are you still friends with the people you knew in middle school or high school? A select few, but my parents have moved out of Connecticut where I grew up and now live in New Jersey so I don’t get to see them much!
  • What is the last thing you ate? See below… artichoke ravioli and massaged kale salad for lunch.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up? A pediatrician for a while there.
  • Name three things that are close to you: My computer, my water bottle, and a calculator. Random.
  • What was your best subject in school? Math until I got to calculus. Downhill from there.
  • What is your favorite restaurant? Even harder than the movie question… Minh for Vietnamese, Café Asia for happy hour (sushi), Blue Duck Tavern if I want to spend more money than I have.
  • Any hidden talents? I don’t know if this counts, but I have extremely fast reflexes. I’m really clumsy and drop things a lot, but usually catch them before they fall, so it evens out.
  • What is your middle name? Anne.
  • What is your favorite website? Facebook and healthy living blogs J
  • How old were you when you had your first kiss? It’s not memorable.. no idea!
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate fo’ sho.
  • What is your favorite girl’s name? Favorite boy’s name? Kylie and Jake.
  • Favorite store? Express for clothes or Williams Sonoma.
  • Would you rather be a rock star or a famous athlete? Rockstar.
  • Favorite food? Spicy tuna rolls or eel sushi or Pho with Vietnamese summer rolls.
  • What are you wearing right now? Black/white/pink plaid work pants, a pink t-shirt with a black sweater over it, and gray flats.
  • What is your favorite animal? Fish I guess. Easiest to take care of 😉
  • Did you graduate from college? Sure did, George Washington University ’06. Summa Cum Laude, baby.
  • What does your last text message say? How’s the train ride going? (to my boyfriend on his way back to DC)
  • Do you have any nicknames? BK, Bethy, Betty Boop (my family), EOE (this one’s for you Allison)… but most people just call me Beth.

Now your turn!

1.) Favorite Food

2.) Any hidden talents?

3.) Best subject in school.

Onto my Lunch…

Today was leftover Artichoke Ravioli with Red Pepper Coulis. I made 16 last night, and ended up eating 10, so 6 left for lunch. I also had another Massaged Kale Salad, and some baby carrots on the side.

Disclaimer: My baby carrots are in a ziplock, but I will be reusing it for other carrots/veggies for the rest of the week so I’m a little greener. 🙂

If you haven’t yet jumped on the Massaged Kale bandwagon, you are seriously missing out.

This salad takes such a short time to prepare and is so flavorful and delicious. I ate it before the ravioli if that gives you an idea of how good it is! Plus, kale is such a nutritional powerhouse and is SO good for you, but can be difficult or intimidating to prepare because it can be bitter and not that tender. Eating it this way makes it like a lot of other salad greens but even more delicious and nutritious… try it!!

🙂

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