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You are as scrumptious as a good bunch of kale.

Kale chips | Danelle Bourgeois

Kale chips | Danelle Bourgeois

Kale chips | Danelle Bourgeois

 

I don’t know why, but the diet I was on (should really still be on it but… nahhhh) really made me crave potato chips (which I’m not supposed to have at all – no potato, plus it’s fried in all sorts of badness) so I had to find something that could work well in it’s place. Nuts are so boring to me and they just didn’t satisfy my need for a crunchy snack like a chip can. So I turned to good ol’ kale chips!

 

The first time I made these they were wayyyyy too salty. The recipe I used gave no indication of the amounts of things to use so I was just guessing (something I am not good at doing apparently). I could tell I liked kale chips through the saltiness, so I had to give it another shot when I got back on the diet. Here’s my recipe (with measurements!) in case you want to give them a go – they’re super easy!

 

Kale Chips

 

3 stalks of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

 

Preheat over to 150 degrees celcius.
Cut the large ribs out of the middle of each kale stalk.
Cut or break the leaves into approximately 2 inch sections.
Pop the kale into a bowl and drizzle with the olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt and give it a good toss.
Lay it all out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Put it in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until crisp and darkened.
Take them out of the oven and let cool for a bit. Enjoy!

 

P.S. I didn’t just want to call this post ‘kale chips’, so I started Googling kale puns (good lord, what is wrong with me?) and I found this post; 25 pick up lines for kale lovers. Apparently there are other people out there as cool as I am. ;)

Juice cleansing.

Juice cleansing | Danelle Bourgeois

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Every time I’ve seen my psoriasis specialist he’s tried to convince me that juice cleansing will do me a world of good. He even had me watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a doco about a man who beat his urticaria (another skin condition I suffer from but ‘p’, as I like to call it, is my real issue) by only consuming fresh juice for 60 days (no food that entire time!). After watching the film I thought I’d give this juice cleansing business a shot.

 

My mum is letting me borrow her juicer, but I still haven’t even taken it out of the box. Having no juicing experience, I decided it might be easier (plus I’m lazy) to just purchase a juice cleanse from Pure Health Delivered – a company who creates juice cleanse packs and sends them out to you with instructions on when to drink which juice. Seemed easy enough, and even though it was costly, I’d rather pay more than have had to sort out my own juices constantly.

 

I decided to go with the 3 day advanced cleanse (purely because the basic one included a pineapple based drink which I’m allergic to). Leading up to the cleanse, you’re meant to ease into it by cutting out all refined stuff (no gluten, dairy or sugar) and just eat fruit and vegetables. I didn’t really get a good chance to do this so I already wasn’t off to a good start. The schedule for each day was the same – green, green, green, zesty lemonade, green, cashew at 2-2.5 hour intervals. I thought I would share some notes I took down about each day and I how I felt afterwards…

 

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Day One

 

My first impression of the green juice was that it tasted like kiwifruit (despite the fact there is no kiwifruit in it). Which I thought hey, this isn’t so bad. By the time I had gotten 3/4 of the way through the first bottle, I was over it. The taste seemed to have gotten worse. Almost had a sour quality to it. By the time I was on to my third green juice of the day I was pretty much hating them.

 

It seemed like 2 hours between each drink is not enough time. By the time I had finished one juice, then tried to down a heap of filtered water (oh yeah, you have to drink 2-3 litres of water a day as well!), my alarm would go over for the next juice! I felt like I was just constantly drinking the entire day which I wasn’t used to at all.

 

I was looking forward to the zesty lemon juice after so much green juice. I clearly didn’t read what the ingredients were of it beforehand though and it was basically just lemon and cayenne pepper. Now, for those that don’t know me very well, I LOATHE pepper. Even just standard black pepper that people seem to drown their food in I can’t handle. It burns, so bad. So the drink turned out to basically just be a lot of cayenne and I couldn’t drink more than a mouthful. I wasn’t really prepared for that to happen so I tried to make my own with just water, lemon and a tiny bit of raw honey to sweeten it. Tasted super gross.

 

I had heard that the cashew dream juice was really yummy. And it did taste good. However, I really struggled with the texture of that one. The cashews were obviously never going to to a proper thin liquid stage, so instead it felt quite pulpy – I could almost chew it. That kinda put me off that drink completely and I struggled to drink the entire bottle.

 

Day Two

 

This day was a lot easier than the first. I managed to drink the first three green juices with no problem at all. I ditched the zesty lemon one altogether. However, going for my fourth green juice of the day, I nearly gagged at the sight of it. I have a bit of a weird issue where sometimes if I just absolutely don’t feel like something, even the thought of having it can make me want to/actually throw up. As soon as I got it out of the fridge I felt weak and I thought about being sick right there in the kitchen sink. So, I made a call to eat a plain gluten-free rice cake to see if it calmed me down. And it did. So yeah, cheated on that second day but at least it got me to drink the rest of the green juice, right?

 

I found the cashew dream juice easier to drink on day two – I just tried to drink it as fast as I possibly could so that I wouldn’t get hung up too much on the texture.

 

Day Three

 

My last day of the cleanse happened to fall on Big Day Out (a music festival) and I had hoped to go later in the evening which would allow me to finish all of the juices before going there. But plans changed and I ended up going after my third green juice of the day. You can’t bring any drink in with you to BDO so I had to just not have the rest of the drinks since I was there from 3pm till 11pm. I could see people walking around with salads which I thought would be handy to ease my way back into food land, however I couldn’t even find a stand that sold them! I ended up having to have hot chips and a hot dog while I was there which I was kind of disappointed about (but they tasted amazing haha). So, in conclusion, day three was a bit of a bust.

 

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Overall I didn’t find myself being hungry much during it at all. The only times I wanted food was when I could see or smell whatever Hook was eating and I got jealous haha. I had a headache majority of the 3 days, and never really felt ‘better’ after it. Nor did it do anything at all for my psoriasis. So. Probably not the best spent $190 ever haha. I’d be interested in trying it again once I use the juicer I have and figure out a good set of juices (that I actually like) to do it with. I think enjoying the juices would make all of the difference!

Wilder and Hunt

 

A while ago I was thinking about how there are no good paleo (gluten, dairy and sugar free) cafes around Auckland, and how disappointing it is when you go into a cafe and there’s like one gluten free option (which is always and orange and almond cake for some reason – not that I’m complaining cause those are delish, but still). About a week after I had been thinking about this something amazing popped up in my feed on Facebook. A little post about a new paleo store opening up called Wilder and Hunt. I was beyond excited. I instantly started following them – keeping up with their statuses about opening up their new small business adventure.

 

Although it’s been open for a little while now, I only just got to go there for the first time today with my gluten free pal, Jenna. And let me just say, there was no disappointment whatsoever. Far from it. The little store was crazy cute and the owner, Amy, was super duper lovely! Oh and the food? Well that was amazing!

 

I got the koko-mocha smoothie (kind of like a chocolate smoothie with a coffee kick) and it was DIVINE. Oh man. I could definitely have one of those every day. And I couldn’t help myself from getting a little bit of baked goods and had the banana and pecan loaf muffin for brunch. YUM.

 

I cannot wait to go back there. Amy let us have a little taste of a few of the other items as well and they were so good. I think the snickers slice and the pumpkin pie smoothie will be the next things on my list to try! Cannot wait to go back! It’s definitely going to become my regular go-to over the Summer!

Good old chocolate chip cookies.

 

These cookies have been my biggest accomplishment during my sick leave from work whilst recovering from my surgery. Moving around a lot isn’t really good for my nose right now so pretty much lying down, sitting around watching TV or nerding it up on the net is about the most extensive thing I should be doing. But I’ve been bored. So I decided to do me some baking!

 

I still have a heap of lemons left over, but I just wasn’t in the mood for something lemony at the time (shock horror!), and instead opted for some good old chocolate chip cookies. I pretty much only bake paleo recipes at the moment. Not sure why. The rest of my diet isn’t paleo based, but for some reason I like to bake with almond or coconut flour and honey instead of sugar. Guess it makes me feel like I’m making some kind of healthy choices? Haha.

 

These cookies are really moist (worst word ever) and delish! I’ve nearly eaten them all already. Oops. Super easy to make as well. I probably could have tried harder to make them a bit rounder and not so clumpy looking, but they taste the same anyway, so no biggie. Hehehe. Recipe below!

 

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Bite Sized Baker

 

3 and 1/4 cups almond flour
1 tablespoon coconut flour (optional)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used a whole pack of Cadbury’s Baking Chips which aren’t paleo but shhhh)

 

Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius.
Line baking tray with baking paper.
In a bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour (optional), salt, baking soda and cinnamon (optional).
In another large bowl, combine eggs, vanilla extract, honey and coconut oil.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients and add in the chocolate chips. Give it a good mix.
The dough might seem quite wet but it should be fine. You can put it in the fridge to firm up if you want to.
Spoon balls of the dough onto the baking tray.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Let them cool on the baking tray for a bit – they still seem wet when you take them out of the oven, but as they cool they firm up.