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Love Those Leafies: Easy Ideas to Get More Greens in Your Diet

Leafy greens are something we should ALL be eating more of—pregnant or not.

Are you craving a crunchy and salty snack?

Try making kale chips—it’s ridiculously easy if you haven’t tried yet. Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

(You’ll hear me wax poetic about how much I love roasting on parchment—it absorbs liquids for a crispy finish and creates a nonstick, easy cleanup surface with very little oil. Please try it!)

Next, toss torn kale leaves (I prefer curly kale for texture) in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and spread evenly across parchment.

Roast for 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through, until lightly browned on the edges. You can serve kale chips as is or sprinkle with one of these easy spice blends:
 

Ranch Chips

2 tsp dried buttermilk (available in the baking section of all supermarkets—makes everything taste “ranch” flavored)

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder
 

Vampire Style

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

¼ tsp cumin

Pinch cayenne or smoked paprika
 

Looking for an easy no-cook summer dinner?

Try my Lemony Shredded Kale Salad with Parmesan Curls. The slight bitterness of raw kale is tempered by lemon and honey in this simple, flavorful vinaigrette. Just top your salad with grilled chicken or shrimp for a super healthy supper.  
 

Get the recipe for Lemony Shredded Kale Salad

 

No matter what you crave during your pregnancy, be sure to add more leafy greens to your diet this summer for a super nutritional boost!

 

Julie Hartigan left a career as an engineer/tech consultant to pursue her long-standing dream of attending culinary school. A fun loving person and natural born teacher, she loves her new career and sharing what she’s learned with others. Julie currently develops recipes, writes, and blogs about cooking, health, and entertaining for Weight Watchers, Bed Bath Beyond, and others.  She teaches healthy cooking classes for adults and children, has been a personal chef, and has also worked at Saveur magazine and Food Network. Part gym rat, part party girl, her approach to cooking and life is finding the sweet spot:  “Where Healthy Meets Happy”.

Julie lives in Hoboken, NJ with her two little girls, two chubby guinea pigs, and an extremely patient husband.

For more healthy cooking ideas and recipes follow Julie on Twitter @cookingwjulie and check out her Weight Watchers blog:  "What’s Cooking with Julie".

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