Recent Eats

How is it actually the end of February already, guys?!

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This month absolutely flew by, even faster than January, I honestly can’t believe it. I guess I had a few notable things happen – I left my old jobs (and friends! Miss you guys so much), took a few days to re-group, started my new job, and left to meet my parents in Colorado for vacation. It’s my last day here and tomorrow I go back to reality, so I’m going to try and soak up as much time in the snow as possible!

Since it was a short month that was full of changes and running around, I don’t have too many foodie favorites to share with you like I usually do! Instead, I figured I’d just share some of my recent notable eats since I’ve eaten a ton of really delicious things this month! Hopefully this can give you some ideas if you’re in a food rut😉

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

English muffin with mashed avocado, pink himalayan sea salt + TJ’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t eat this at 3/7 days a week (and usually with an egg on top). I am obsessed with this combo and that is not an exaggeration! I’ve always been a fan of avocado toast (like the true millenial I am), but on a soft and fluffy english muffin with seasonings it is NEXT. LEVEL. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, I found this recipe so you can make their everything bagel seasoning at home!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Kale salad with sriracha greek yogurt dressing (a slightly watered down version of this dip recipe), leftover tri-tip, mini peppers, 1/4 avocado and a slice of garlic bread  – So I’m making a pact with myself to eat one salad a day in March and my lunch at work is generally a good time to make this happen. After indulging hard over Valentine’s Day, I threw some leftover tri-tip (it was on sale and holy smokes was it good) over some kale and peppers. We’d eaten the tri-tip the night before with some air-fried tater tots, so naturally I made my spicy greek yogurt mustard dip. We had some leftovers of that too, so I watered it down and poured it over the salad as a dressing. I am 100% doing that again – SO good!!

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SquareOrganics plant-based protein bars – I am allllll about the bars and I’ve pretty much tried every bar under the sun, but these are different!! I love the texture so much – a little crunchy as opposed to some of the bars that are really soft and gooey, and the flavors are to die for. I also love that they’re plant-based (something I’m trying to be more of!) and they donate part of their proceeds to fight human trafficking. SO awesome. If you want to try a sampler pack for yourself for $12.99 + tax, just text SAMPLER to 33222!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Rubio’s wild-caught red shrimp bowl – You know me guys, I don’t usually eat “fast food,” which I totally thought Rubio’s was, but to be honest it’s more just fast casual like a Panera. I went for lunch with my boyfriend recently and tried their new red shrimp bowl and it. was. GOOD. I was so impressed by how fresh their ingredients are and I was able to get my bowl with their ancient grain mix instead of white rice. I’m alllllll about healthy options and they make it really easy to customize the dishes. You can even get a BOGO at Rubio’s with this coupon, which’ll save you about $10 on their delicious and fresh food. Highly recommend!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Green Smoothie with Huel – I won’t go into too much detail about this one since the full post can be found here, but this smoothie has been a go-to for me since it legitimately keeps me satiated until lunch time! And, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I’m usually someone who needs a snack at 11am to calm my growling stomach…these days I don’t have to do that, which is nice😊

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Air-fried donuts – So I was suuuper excited to make these since I’ve been looking for all kinds of yummy things to make in my new air fryer, but I accidentally picked up the wrong kind of biscuits! Essentially, you just take biscuit dough from the refrigerated section at the grocery store and cut a hole in the center, but make sure it’s NOT the flaky kind! I’ll put an actually recipe up here soon once I’ve got it down perfectly, but regardless, these were delicious. They were pretty much just biscuits that I covered in butter, cinnamon and sugar, so what’s not to like?😂 P.s. My air fryer can be found here and it is magical!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Dark Chocolate Eclipse Cake with cream cheese frosting – When I tell you that my boyfriend had to hold me back from getting thirds (yes, thirds) of this every night after Valentine’s Day, I am dead serious. This cake is THAT good. I grabbed the cake recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie (looooove her stuff!), which is fairly healthy for a chocolate cake, and then smothered it in cream cheese frosting (which is essentially just butter, cream cheese and sugar…oops!). While I have zero regrets of covering this cake in frosting, I will say that if I made this again in the near future, I’d probably try to come up with a healthier frosting😅 I can tell you that the cake itself was super fudgy, regardless of it being dairy free. Obsessed!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Green juice from Kreation – I know most of you probably don’t live in Los Angeles, but if you do, run don’t walk to the nearest Kreation (there are a few around town!). They’re a little pricey but literally everything tastes delicious, which is pretty impressive when it’s packed with vegetables and all kinds of healthy things. The one I had, Green #2, tastes AMAZING and you can see up there that it has all kinds of greens (hence the name…) and my friend had one of their green smoothies, which was also delish. I’m kind of glad I don’t live too closely to one of these, they’d take all my money for sure!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Perfect Bar in Dark Chocolate Almond – Told ya I was a bar girl😏 I’d only tried one of these bars previously and I have NO idea why it took me so long to try another!! These are definitely different than the Square Organics bars, but I love them both! You can find them in the refrigerator section, which actually appeals to me since it means they’re not  packed with preservatives. They’re also higher in calories, so they’re the perfect mid-afternoon snack when you need to say full until a late dinner or even pre-workout if you’re getting ready to sweat it out hard. This flavor was phenomenal, but they honestly all sound good. Can’t wait to try more!

Alright lovers, that’s it for now! I hope everyone had a fantastic February – I have a feeling March is going to be pretty great either way. Let me know in the comments if you’ve eaten anything delicious lately!! I need to get back into meal prep and cooking as soon as I’m back from the mountains!

xo Jordan

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday.

For those of you not familiar with the food-blogging world, What I Ate Wednesday is a blog post that mainly just breaks down my eats for y’all, in case anyone is curious!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

While I’ve never done a WIAW post myself, I’ve been reading other people’s for about 8 years and have always wanted to! I find them helpful for getting inspiration for my own meals and snacks, and I think they’re a good way to get a glimpse into someone’s daily life, too! Let me know if you feel otherwise in the comments though, and I’ll never post another again 🙂

But for now, here we go…

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~8am coffee with cashew milk on the road since I didn’t have time to finish it at home. I also think it’s kind of nice to have it during my morning commute, though, so I’m never in a rush to finish it before I leave!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~9am breakfast at my desk, as per usual! This morning it was overnight oats with plain 0% fage greek yogurt, chia seeds, and sliced banana. I know I’ve said before that oatmeal doesn’t fill me up, but I’m trying it with yogurt now for some added oomph!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~11am mid-morning snack because I feel like snacking on something, even though my stomach isn’t growling yet. I reach for some (a ton) of cut up watermelon. Aside from bananas, watermelon is hands down my favorite fruit. One summer I actually OD-ed on it a bit and would eat an entire individual sized one almost every day until I realized my stomach aches were most likely from all the sugar…oops!

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~12:30pm lunch ’cause I can’t hold out any longer. Most days I usually bring some sort of quinoa and veggie mix, and today was no different! I made an easy dressing of hummus, brown mustard and warm water to thin it out with quinoa, green bell pepper, lacinto kale and cherry tomatoes.

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~1:30pm post-lunch munch on my almonds + raisins + dried apple rings since that lunch had minimal protein. I know dried fruit isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but I have a raging sweet tooth after every meal without fail (it’s super annoying) and I figure having some raisins with a healthy fat won’t kill me! I also walked to Starbucks during my lunch break so I sip on a non-fat green tea latte, too. I try to avoid doing the Starbucks thing more than once a week (partially for money, partially for health), but I wanted to treat myself today!

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~4pm afternoon snack number 2 ’cause I’m hungry again (surprise, surprise!). If you haven’t noticed, I eat a loooooot. I don’t know why, but I get hungry about every 2 hours. For this reason, I try to keep my snacks as clean and healthy as possible. Since I know I’m going to a workout class after I leave the office, I want to make sure I have enough fuel to be full out. That also means I have to hold out until 8 for dinner which is like, 4 hours away, aka forever. I go with a plant-based protein Garden of Life bar (one of my all-time favorite energy bars) that I got from Vitamin World.

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~8pm dinner! Finally! I pop my leftover chickpea pasta and sauteed broccoli and mushrooms from the night before in the microwave with some herbed goat cheese. Carbs are all I want right now, but this is a much healthier version of a frozen burrito or boxed mac in cheese I would dig into had I not prepped in advance. Thank goodness for thinking ahead!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

~9pm sweet-tooth time. I have a general rule for myself that “the kitchen closes at 9,” which is mostly just to prevent me from mindlessly eating in front of the tv or too close to bedtime because it keeps me up. I’m making an exception for today because I had dinner much later, and also because I really, really want some of the clementines I bought yesterday (and a few more pieces of watermelon).

So, that’s it! If you got through all that, you’re a champ because let’s be real, I eat a lot in a day. Sometimes I think it’s a bad thing and I honestly do try to eat less, but if my stomach is growling or I have a craving, I listen to it. On days I work out, I let myself eat some more because I know how important it is to give my body energy. I just try to make sure those extra calories are from good foods!

Hope everyone is having a great week, I’ll be back soon 🙂

xo Jordan


March Favorites.

Happy Friday, y’all!

It’s that time again when I want to share my favorite foodie finds with you! Here’s what I’ve been eating this month on repeat:

Dancing for Donuts | March Favorites.

Rx Bars (Mint Chocolate): I’m all about snacks that have a minimal number of ingredients in them because otherwise I try to eat as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible. These bars are so delicious and this mint chocolate flavor is even reminiscent of a thin mint. No guilt afterwards, though 🙂

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Trader Joe’s Just Mango Slices: Okay these aren’t necessarily a new find for me, but I can honestly say I haven’t eaten these in about a year so I totally forgot how good they are. I think what I love about them most (aside from them not having any added sugar!) is that they keep well in the car. For this LA girl on-the-go, that’s a super important quality to have!

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Medjool Dates with Almond Butter: If you haven’t tried this flavor combo yet, what have you even been doing!? I’ve been having one date with almond butter first thing i the morning for a before I’m starving for breakfast, but still feel kind of hungry when I wake up. It’s the perfect treat for dessert or post-workout too, super creamy and slightly sweet. It feels decadent, but if you keep it down to one or two, this little bad boys are actually super good for you!

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Sakara Life Detox Tea: Admittedly, I was given this tea in a swag bag from a food blogger event I attended this week, but I’m absolutely loving it. I don’t really buy into all the “detox” stuff, I mostly just like the flavors – red rooibos, lemongrass and rose. So light and delicious, and supposedly beneficial to the mind and body, too!

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Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Bar: Yes, I know, another bar. So sue me, I like having snacks that don’t require a lot of thought or time on mine part! My favorite thing about these is that they’re packed with good-for-you ingredients. So many bars out there these days have a ton of sh*t in them and we don’t even realize it. These bars legit have spirulina, wheatgrass, broccoli, alfafa, and spinach in them. How crazy is that?! AND they taste good. Who even know that was possible.

Hope you have an incredible weekend! 🙂

xo Jordan

February Favorites.

Can you believe it’s already March?! This month has flown by, but I’ve tried so many yummy new products that I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

I got a hugh jass haul from Vitamin World this month and I’m obsessed with everything. I ordered from them on Black Friday too, they have crazy good sales and everything a health & fitness fanatic could want.

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

These new Quest Beyond Cereal bars are so dang good and only 110 calories. They’re still packed with protein though, and low in sugar, which makes them the perfect afternoon or post-workout snack. I love all the flavors, but this chocolate one might take the cake.

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

I’ve been a fan of Garden of Life for awhile now, but hadn’t tried their new, super clean Sport Line. This chocolate plant-based protein powders is one the best ones I’ve had that legitimately tastes good on its own with just almond or coconut milk. Most plant-based proteins taste kind of chalky, but I assure you this one will make you think you’re drinking a milkshake!

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

A friend told me this brand was on Shark Tank, which I’ve never seen, but the products from Nuts ‘N More are SO good. I’m addicted to their peanut powders (regular + maple), which I add to everything from my greek yogurt to smoothies to oatmeal, and now I’m addicted to their protein spreads, as well. They taste so unbelievably decadent, but they actually have less fat that regular peanut butter. How do people make this stuff?!

Dancing for Donuts | February Favorites.

Aside from my Vitamin World haul, I’ve been lucky enough to try these new Himalania Dark Chocolate Goji Berries. I’ve recently become somewhat addicted to goji berries in general (they’re slightly sweet but not too much, and have an awesome chewy/crunchy texture!), but these are dusted in dark cocoa powder, as well. They’re the perfect after-dinner treat when you’re craving something sweet, and they’re pretty healthy for a dessert!

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Last but not least, these Bonk Breaker bars are delicious!!! I’m an avid bar-eater (it’s almost sad how much money I spend on them to be honest), but these come in so many interesting flavors and have a ton of protein for not a ton of calories. Usually I find new bar companies to have one or two good flavors, but I rarely love the whole line. I honestly can’t pick a favorite one of these, but I will say the salted caramel tasted unbelievably decadent and the mint chocolate chip was like a thin mint but better.

Alright y’all that’s it for now. I’m about to hop on a plane to Colorado so I’ll chat with you from there 🙂

xo Jordan

Maple & Brown Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas.

I know I’m 5 days late, but Happy New Year!!!!!!!

I know everyone’s on that “new year, new me” kick, so I’m going to start 2017 off with a healthy snack recipe for y’all.

Dancing for Donuts | Maple Brown Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

If you know me at all, you know I’m all about the snacks. I will literally plan out my snacks the night before work just to make sure I don’t go too hungry in between meals and before my after-work trip to the gym. I swear it prevents me from reaching for that less-than-satisfying bag of chips or cheez-its, and then over-eating at night when I’m absolutely famished. One of my all-time favorite snacks is roasted chickpeas because they’re crunchy and super flavorful, but also packed with protein and fiber. If you’re someone who likes to constantly reach into a bag and keep eating (*raises hand*), then you’ll want to whip these bad boys up asap.

Dancing for Donuts | Maple Brown Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

I’ve already shared with you my favorite Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas, which are an old favorite, but I wanted to spruce my snack up for the holidays. This version is slightly sweeter, without being overwhelming, and has the warm comforting spices of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. I highly recommend buying dried garbanzos, particularly because you get far more in a bag so they end up being cheaper, lighter to carry, and there’s less waste! You just have to remember to soak them overnight and boil them for about 30 minutes or so and then they’re good to go. This makes it way easier to make an enormous batch of roasted chickpeas too, so that they actually last more than one sitting 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Maple Brown Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

Maple & Brown Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

1 cup dried garbanzos, soaked & boiled until soft

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/8 tsp ginger

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the chickpeas out in an even layer.

2. Bake for 30 minutes total, pausing 15 minutes in to shake the chickpeas so they get crispy on all sides.

3. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, brown sugar and spices. When the chickpeas have baked for 30 minutes, toss them in the bowl with the spices and mix until fully coated.

4. Bake for another 15 minutes, then remove and let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days (but I promise they won’t last that long 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Maple Brown Sugar Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

Be back tomorrow with the usual Friday Finds 🙂

xo Jordan

December Favorites.

Hello!! I hope everyone had a very merry Chrismukkah! I know we sure did – super low key and full of delicious food with family. Just the way I like it 🙂

I’m back with a quick round-up of some of my favorite products from this month. Let me know if you’ve found any awesome new snacks recently, I’m always looking to switch it up!

Dancing for Donuts | December Favorites.

Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies – Guys. I’m obsessed with these. I ordered 2 boxes of them on Black Friday and was holding out until the new year to dig in…I can’t WAIT. My favorite flavor is probably the peanut butter, but the chocolate chip and snickerdoodle are awesome, too! A must – microwave them for 10-15 seconds. They’ll taste freshly baked.

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Powdered Peanut Butter – Admittedly, I’m not super brand loyal on this one, primarily because I’m curious what they all taste like, but I’ve been addicted to adding this stuff to my oatmeal and plain greek yogurt. It’s got that yummy nut butter taste and protein, but way less calories and fat. Toss it in a smoothie for some extra flavor, too!

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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Mint Black Tea & Candy Cane Green Tea – This is one of the aforementioned seasonal treats, sadly. But! If you can get your hands on a couple of these babies before TJ’s gets rid of them, DO IT. You can thank me later. The Chocolate Mint is unreal and tastes like a peppermint patty, especially with a splash of milk and some stevia. I think it’s new this year, but the Candy Cane I’ve been getting for the past few years. It’s my favorite. Again, splash of milk and touch of sweetness and you’ll think you’re having an actual candy cane…not to mention it’s decaf, so it makes for the perfect cup of tea before bed!

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Iced Gingerbread Clif Bars – So I know Clif Bars sometimes get a bad rap for being super dense and kind of brick-like, but I will say that I absolutely love these when I need a heftier snack. My dad’s been bringing them with us when we go skiing for years because they’re great for longer workouts. The Gingerbread flavor was surprisingly tasty, too. I’ll be buying these again soon!

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David Rio Chai Mix – For a last-minute impulse purchase at World Market, and just in general really, this stuff is awesome. You put 2 tablespoons in hot water and boom! Just as good as a Starbucks latte without the price tag and added sugar. Like the TJ’s tea, it’s also decaf and I’m pretty sure it’s only 60 calories (without the milk, which I highly recommend adding. I usually do about 20% milk, 80% hot water). If you’re at all like me and addicted to hot cocoa, you’ll love this mix when you need to switch it up!

Have a great week, y’all. Can’t believe it’ll be 2017 in just a few days!

xo Jordan

Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

GUYS. It is freezing in LA and I could not be happier. Wait okay it’s only 63 degrees but I’ve been wearing pants and long sleeves and boots for the past two days and haven’t died of heat stroke. Success!

That being said, I am taking a break from my autumn pumpkin frenzy to give you a recipe for a non-seasonal snack. Have I told you that I’m actually sick of almonds? I didn’t even know that was humanly possible but I honestly cannot stand them, which is too bad since they’re so friggin good for you and such a healthy snack! I’ve been buying the flavored Blue Diamond kind (have you tried the pumpkin spice? actual heaven.), but they’re so much cheaper to make at home and have waaaay less sugar.

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

These are basically effortless and since they’re not too sweet, they’re not overly addictive to the point of zero portion control, or in other words, my biggest downfall. Just a note though, the cocoa powder does tend to get everywhere, so I wouldn’t exactly recommend eating these while reading important papers or wearing a white shirt… (:

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

Cocoa Roasted Almonds

2 cups of raw almonds

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1-2 packets of stevia or truvia

~1 tbsp brown sugar for dusting (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Place the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes.

2. Remove the tray from the oven, shake the almonds around so that they bake evenly, and continue to bake them for another 5-7 minutes.

3. Cool the almonds for 2 minutes, and then pour them into a bowl. Add the cocoa powder, truvia or stevia, and brown sugar if using. Using your fingers, toss the almonds around until completely coated.

4. Once cool, move the almonds to an airtight container or eat them! They should last as long as it takes you to eat them. 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

Have great days, friends!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

TGIF!

I’m back with some of my favorite links from around the web this week + a couple of new grocery store finds that have been satisfying my sweet tooth.

Oh! And Happy National Donut Day, of course! 🙂

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Because who doesn’t need a guide for the best donuts in LA? Everyday should really be donut day…

I’ll need to make at least 2 batches of this Apple Pie chia pudding from TSC this week.

Here’s a list of TJ’s best low-calorie snacks to buy before the work week starts! If you haven’t tried their Gone Bananas yet, you’re seriously missing out.

And a pre-cursor to the meal-prep post I’m putting together, an article to help you stay on track with just a little bit of planning.

To top off this majorly important national holiday, some donut DIY’s for your next crafting frenzy! I for sure need to make those coasters and that mirror for my apartment.

A couple of my favorite products from this week:

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This frozen treat was a solid recommendation from Girl Meets Life – the whole thing is only 150 calories, but it’s icy texture doesn’t necessarily make you want to go overboard anyway. Can’t wait to try the other Arctic Zero flavors!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday FindsHands down my favorite KIND bar flavor. At only 5 grams of sugar and packed with protein, this one is perfect for a midday pick-me-up!

Enjoy your weekends, everyone! 🙂

Snack Time: Kale Chips.

Hello and Happy Weekend!

It’s a beautiful day out, instead of the oddly-usual cloudiness we’ve been experiencing here in LA, and I’m currently enjoying a day off. My lunch mostly consisted of snacks since I desperately need to go grocery shopping…

Dancing for Donuts | Kale Chips

One of my favorite go-to snacks are Kale Chips. I’m sure you’ve heard of them before, and possibly even tasted them, but they take about 10 minutes to make and are super healthy. I hadn’t made them in ages, but I’m really glad I did. They’re even perfect for on-the-go, whether you’re heading to a picnic or the beach! Something I hope to do very soon, actually. Enjoy 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Kale Chips

Kale Chips

kale – as many leaves as you’d like*

olive oil or coconut oil spray

sea-salt

*i use the kale that’s sold in bunches as opposed to pre cut in the bag – makes it easier to have bigger chip-like pieces, especially since they shrink in the oven

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.

2. Tear kale leaves into pieces (any size you’d like) and place on a baking sheet. Spray with oil and toss until lightly coated. Arrange kale leaves on the baking sheet in an even layer.

3. Bake for ~10 minutes (or more or less, depending on your preference).

4. Remove from oven, sprinkle with sea salt and dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Kale Chips