Kale made differently…

Lemony Kale Salad with Tomatoes

Farmer’s market finds: kale, cherry tomatoes, lemons, walnuts

Leafy kale makes a healthful summer salad soaked in olive oil and fresh lemon juice and paired with juicy cherry tomatoes. Walnuts and homemade croutons add a touch of satisfying crunch.


  • 2 bunches dinosaur kale
  • 3 cups  red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup  Homemade Croutons
  • 1/2 cup  chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 – 4 lemons
  • 1/2 cup  olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup  shaved Parmesan cheese
Directions1. Rinse and dry kale. Trim and discard tough stems. Stack leaves, then cut across the leaves into 1/4-inch strips.

2. In an extra-large bowl combine kale, tomatoes, croutons, nuts, and the grated Parmesan cheese. Juice lemons over salad ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, then toss salad to combine. Sprinkle servings with the shaved Parmesan.

From the Test Kitchen

  • HOMEMADE CROUTONS Remove crust from a chunk of ciabatta or baguette. Tear the bread in enough pieces to equal about 1 cup. Transfer to a large bowl. Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter with a small clove of garlic, minced. Drizzle over bread and toss to coat. Spread on a baking sheet; sprinkle with salt. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9 to 11 minutes, tossing once halfway through baking time.
Nutrition Facts (Lemony Kale Salad with Tomatoes) Servings Per Recipe 8,cal. (kcal) 297,Fat, total (g) 23, chol. (mg) 7, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 19, Monosaturated fat (g) 12, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 6, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 4, sugar (g) 4, pro. (g) 9,vit. A (IU) 17590, vit. C (mg) 152, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (µg) 69, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, sodium (mg) 326, Potassium (mg) 733, calcium (mg) 283, iron (mg) 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Reference: Better Home and Garden

Let’s Lift that Butt

Here is Day 28 Tip for Loosing it Right Keeping it Tight exercise that will help you get beach ready for the 1st day of SUMMER!!!!

For the next 5 days I will share with you 5 exercises that will help lift and tone your butt…pile squat1. Plie

Minutes 0:00-1:00

  • Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, arms at sides, toes turned out.
  • Tuck tailbone under and contract glutes.
  • Lower body into a plié squat as low as you can go without allowing knees to creep past toes.
  • Simultaneously raise arms to shoulder height in front of body, palms down. Hold for 2 seconds, then return to starting position.
  • After 20 reps, pulse at the bottom for 20 seconds.

to see a demo of the pile squat click on the link….  http://youtu.be/yNKVK2axeNI

Exercise on the Go

Morning Inspiration…making sure when traveling to research hotels that will accommodate my healthy lifestyle. Just because you are traveling doesn’t mean that living your healthy lifestyle comes to a halt. Don’t put your body on your convenience list put it on your priority list!!!

Hotel-workoutI recently was contacted by one of my viewers, Mike about sharing his tips to stay fit on the road. After reading the article I decided to share his article as my morning inspiration piece.

Tips to Stay Fit on the Road

I love to work out and exercise. Unfortunately, it can be difficult for me to do this while I am on a business trip. However, I have discovered some tips that have enabled me to stay fit while on the road and it has made a positive difference in my life.

One of the first things I do before I book a hotel is to do some research online to see what type of fitness equipment and programs it has. The fact is that many hotels vary from each other by the type of resources that are available for people to use. While having exercise equipment has become quite trendy, the kind and quality of the equipment should be considered before booking a room at a hotel. I have found that some hotels have great equipment, but it does not have the equipment that I need for my work out routine. I like the fact that some hotels have fitness classes and I can attend a class early in the morning before I attend a business meeting. On a recent trip to Maui I was able to use a subjective travel reviews site called Gogobot in order to get a list of Maui hotels that I could scroll through. From here I was able to decide which ones had the right rooms, equipment, and other amenities within my price-range. This research did wonders for my trip because I could workout early in the morning and not disturb my beach time.

A challenge that I have encountered wherever I go on my travels is eating healthy. It can be so easy to make some food choices that taste delicious, but affect my exercise routine. Besides that, it can be hard to cook meals in a hotel room, let alone purchase certain ingredients in a different city. Therefore, I have sought to find restaurants near the hotel that I am staying at the serves meals that work with my diet. Furthermore, I try to bring food and snacks that I can take with me that can encourage me to eat right. After all, staying on my personal diet is key as I work out and try to stay fit on the road. Here are some healthy eating tips while traveling that I have found beneficial.

As I would travel by air, I used to be discouraged in airports since many airport restaurants did not serve healthy food. Fortunately, this has changed as more airports and restaurants are seeking to provide healthier foods for travelers who are health conscious like myself. These positive changes have made me very happy and I try to purchase a healthy snack at one of those establishments while I am at the airport.

When I am traveling by air, I love to get to the airport a few hours early just to walk around and get some exercise. While I enjoy this, there are some great benefits to this, since it deals with stress that I am experiencing. Being a businessman, I understand that my colleagues and I have anxiety or stress while traveling on the road. I have found that exercising can help deal with that stress in a positive way. Not only is exercise helping me physically, but emotionally as well.