Five Friday Favorites

My mom heard on the Today Show that it takes 60 days to form a habit.  When she first told me this, my initial thought was, “boy that’s a long time,” but then I considered it a little more and began to believe it.  All too often we want to see immediate change without putting in all the required effort.  All too often we make changes and reason with ourselves that these changes are possible because of their short duration (3-4 weeks) and once the time passes and the goal is reached, we’re more than likely to go back to a modified version of our previous behaviors.  Changing habits for the long term is hard.  Starting new habits that last is difficult.

For me, getting into the habit of blogging has been hard.  While this blog has been around for more than 60 days, honestly, I have not been dedicated to this space.  It will be hard, it will take work, but for the next 60 days, I’m going to try and make blogging a habit.

Moving on, here’s a list of five things that I’m loving lately!

Blush

Lorac Blush in Soul has been my go toblush for a while now.  It’s actually the only blush I own.  It gives just the perfect amount of rosiness to your cheeks without looking too bold.  My makeup routine, if you can even call it a routine, is very simple.  Some moisturizer, sometimes a tad of BB cream, a little bit of this blush, mascara, occassionally a spritz of perfume, and lip gloss.  I prefer a natural look.

Lip balm

Olive Natural Beauty Lip Balm in Refreshing Rosemary if the perfect lip balm for during the day.  It smells wonderful and leaves your lips feeling amazing.  Plus it’s handmade!

Wallaby Organic Greek YogurtStoneyfield

Wallaby Organic Nonfat Greek Yogurt and Stoneyfield Organic Nonfat Greek Yogurt.  Until three weeks ago, any type of yogurt used to make me gag.  But lately I’ve been loving having a bowl every day.  It’s a good source of calcium and protein.  I like to top mine with raw oats, unsweetened coconut flakes, and chia seeds.

Peanut Butter

MaraNatha Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter has been a staple in our fridge for the past few weeks.  I enjoy mine spread on top of a banana for breakfast and Cathrine likes it on celery for an afternoon snack.

North Face Jacket

My parents gave me The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket in Black for my birthday a couple weeks ago.  It’s finally chilly enough in So Cal that I’ve been able to wear it.  It’s so cozy and light but warm that I never want to take it off.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  We’re headed to see Book of Mormon on Saturday!

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Maple Massaged Kale Salad


I recently discovered that Trader Joe’s sells bags of pre-washed and already cut organic tuscan kale.  I don’t know about you, but I always find the process of washing and cutting or ripping kale to be tedious and time consuming.  So, I was excited when I saw the last bag on the shelf this past weekend.

Cathrine loves massaged kale salads.  Her favorite is Whole Foods’ garlicky kale salad (a replication is next on my list).  But first, we have a maple massaged kale salad that is the perfect combination of sweet and salty.  The sweet from the maple syrup and the salty from the coconut aminos.  It’s simple, delicious, and quick so it can easily be made during the week.  We had it last night for dinner along with a bowl of slow cooker stew.

Kale is a power house vegetable- filled with nutrients.

One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Kale’s health benefits are primarily linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K — and sulphur-containing phytonutrients.  Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific types of antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds. Beyond antioxidants, the fiber content of cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.  Source

By massaging the kale with a couple spoonfuls of dressing (recipe below), the crunchy tough leaves become silky and tender.

Maple Massaged Kale Salad

Ingredients:

Salad

2 cups kale (I used tuscan)

1 carrot, shredded

A couple pinches of raw sunflower seeds

Dressing

half a tablespoon olive oil

half a tablespoon maple syrup

half a tablespoon coconut aminos

Whisk olive oil, maple syrup, and coconut aminos together until combined.  Taste and adjust the flavor to your liking.  Some prefer it sweeter or saltier than others.  Divide kale and carrot among two bowls.  Place a couple spoonfuls, about two, of dressing in each bowl and massage the dressing into the kale with your fingers until the kale is tender.  Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and enjoy.