I had a hankering for greens last night, but I wanted it in more of a comfort food style. After opening the fridge to see what was in there that could satisfy this, I saw my kale (too time consuming to make kale chips), my spinach (hmmmm, creamed spinach?), my kefir and some cheeses. ”Now, this, I can work with this!”, I thought. Here is what I gathered:
- 2 cups shredded cheese (I used gouda, but havarti would be nice as well)
- 1 cup kefir or greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup mayo
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup chopped artichoke hearts, drained
- 1 cup each blanched, cooled and chopped spinach and kale
I combined everything EXCEPT the cooked greens until they were well incorporated and then I added the greens in, making sure that they were evenly dispersed throughout the spread. I scooped the mixture into individual ramekins (so I can freeze small portions and reheat as needed), but you could use one larger oven-proof container. Pop into a 350 oven for about 15 minutes. Serve with your choice of “dipper”. I love carrot and celery sticks with mine, my boys like pita chips and crusty bread with theirs.
It was perfect, and totally cured my jonesing for greens!!!
Everything about the human body fascinates me; from the way our brains react to stimuli, to the way our muscles have memory, to the ability for females to reproduce, to the food that nourishes us. I have to say, though, that my very favorite pieces to focus on are fitness and nutrition. I’ve even gone as far as becoming a Certified Holistic Health Counselor and a personal trainer/group fitness instructor. One may ask why, with my passion and education, I need to be a FitCity Mom.
First and foremost, my biggest problem that I face is time. I am a home schooling mother to three super-active boys. Not only do we home-school, but the boys swim 6 days out of the week. Between these two time consuming activities, I have pushed my fitness time to the back-burner. Being a FitCity Mom would force me to schedule fitness time so that the YMCA membership is not wasted!
Next on my list of reasons why FitCity Moms needs me on their team is my vast amount of knowledge in the area of nutrition/food prep/cooking. Keeping my family healthy is something that I am extremely passionate about, and I have thoroughly educated myself on many different dietary theories in order to implement the ones that work best for us. I am an advocate of “real food”. This means that we don’t have a pantry full of processed junk (we do have some, but they don’t contain an ingredient list that is a mile-long and full of words that you can’t pronounce). Being a FitCity Mom would give me a platform to share my knowledge with others.
The final reason that FitCity Moms needs to add me to their team is simply because I have a goal to help others achieve optimal health. If this is achieved by someone watching me struggle to regain my fitness and following along with me on her own fitness journey, or if it is simply due to recipes that I share which make a mother take stock of her own family’s health and skip that drive-thru in favor of a quick, easy, delicious homemade meal, then I feel like I will have made a positive difference.
I believe that I would be a tremendous asset at FitCity, and I would be proud to call FitCity Moms my fitness and nutrition “home”.