Wellness Wednesday: Kale Chips!

Happy Wednesday, friends! For the past two weeks or so, I’ve been eating clean, clean, clean! No fast food, no fried food, no dairy, no nothing…well, not nothing. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks eating whole foods like organic fruits and vegetables, organic chicken, wild-caught fish, and let me tell you that I can already tell the difference. My skin looks clearer, I’m sleeping better, and my clothes are fitting loser–what’s not to love?

Well, if I’m being honest, sometimes I get a craving for a nice crunchy snack, like potato chips, but I don’t want the guilt (or calories). Instead of reaching for my favorite can of cheesy Pringles, I grab a handful of cashews, a bundle of carrots, or a juicy apple, but none of the above satisfy my appetite. It took some practice and perfecting, but I’ve found a delicious, healthy, and (of course) quick and easy recipe to do the trick! Plop down on the couch, binge-watch your favorite show, and snack on some kale chips. Recipe below!

Kermit Says: Refuel Your (Metaphorical) Tank

Every Sunday night, my high school principal sends a beautifully crafted email of encouragement and wisdom to the faculty. Of course there’s pertinent information as well, mostly updates and important dates to remember, but at the heart of her messages are words of inspiration—and this week’s was no different. Just three days ago, I received an email that reminded my colleagues and me of the importance of self-care. We’re one week shy of midterms (insane!!!), and finally halfway through the longest term of the school year. Faculty members have been trucking away like trains on a track, turning our wheels faster and faster, not breaking, not stopping, and not resting since we started orientation and planning week in August. We’re exhausted, sleep-deprived, dehydrated, famished, and probably a hop, skip, and a jump away from falling ill or quitting (whichever comes first, right?). We’re turning into zombies and pod-people—tiny shells of our previous existence. Okay, okay…maybe I’m being a bit dramatic here, but when we stop and take a moment to breathe and reflect deeply, we can start to see and feel what we’ve often been ignoring. And as I sit and consider my own thoughts and feelings, I can’t help but think about yours: how do the students feel?

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