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Healthy Eats: Toastie, Kale Salad, & Dark Chocolate


With being in college comes the not wanting to spend hours cooking a meal you’ll only eat the night of. With college, you want to eat something that you can make in about 15 minutes or so. My mother recently sent me a recipe – something where the ingredients individually sounded good, but mixed together sounded a bit strange (however, my mother told me my father liked it – and if he liked it, it has to be good!). Turns out, it was good – scratch that, amazing.

Strawberry, Avocado and Goat Cheese Toastie:


4-6 strawberries, 1/2 of an avocado, goat cheese, two slices of wheat bread

Smash the avocado on the bread, dot with goat cheese, add sliced strawberries, then put in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes (or less depending on your oven – without letting it burn!) Then drizzle on olive oil, pepper and salt.

(It sounded weird to me, but trust me – the mix of flavors will make you not want to eat anything else ever. If I could have one meal for the rest of my life – this would be it. I know I’m talking it up a lot, but once you take your first bite, you will understand why it’s crucial that you eat this.)

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There’s this restaurant in my home town called True Food Kitchen. The Kitchen promotes delicious flavors, healthy nutrients and environmental awareness – and in pushing those ideas, also helped me in my newfound love of kale. Once I tried this salad – there was no going back. Now, I buy kale weekly and always use this recipe.

Kale Salad:


1 bunch of kale, olive oil, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, 1 lemon, salt, parmesan

Rip the leaves of the kale off of the stem and place onto plate, take a separate bowl and mix together, olive oil (however much you’d like), a pinch of red pepper flakes, minced garlic (again, depending how much you’d like), 1 lemon juiced, and salt. Pour dressing onto kale and mix together with hands. Add parmesan to top off salad.

(I’ve tried this dressing with other leafy greens, however, to me, it only tastes right with kale. If you need to get kale into your diet, have this salad recipe with your lunch or dinner every day!)

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I’m already a pretty healthy eater. The only thing is that I have a huge sweet tooth. Lately, I’ve been trying to cut back on milk chocolate, ice cream and candy. However, it’s hard for me to survive without chocolate – so I am sticking to dark chocolate. I found this dark chocolate in a local grocery store, and even though it’s on the more expensive side, it’s worth it.

Pineapple and Coconut Dark Chocolate:



Surfer Girl 56 – Pineapple and Coconut, Organic and Vegan Dark Chocolate

The sweetness of the pineapple mixed with the richness of the chocolate and the soothing flavor of the coconut easily make this the best dark chocolate a person could have the joys of eating.)

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I highly recommend each of you try at least one of these healthy eats! I am planning on making this post a regular occurrence on my blog, as healthy eating is very important to me. Cheers!

xx

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