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Another Kale Chips Recipe (from IIN)

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After I published my last post, I actually clicked on the recipe link in the email from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and laughed to discover it was a recipe for kale chips! The recipe title is Crispy “Cheesy” Kale Chips and you can find it here.

I was wondering how this could be “cheesy” since you’ll see the ingredients do not include cheese. But then I googled “nutritional yeast” since I know nothing about it and About.com (get it, get it? It was actually the second result – I rarely use wikipedia) tells me:

Yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods.

Hmmm…I’ll have to investigate where I can get some nutritional yeast and how it tastes. I’ll update here if I try this recipe. Anyone wanna take bets on whether the kids will love it or hate it? Oooh! Maybe I’ll make a love it vs. hate it scoreboard!

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Salty Food Cravings

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I had a banana for breakfast this morning (Healthy Point), although not much else. Hungry for something else naturally, I discovered the leftover sweet potato fries I made for dinner the other night (kids hated them, of course). And as I was eating them, I was thinking about the salty food cravings I’ve been having in the middle of the day. I’ve always been a fan of salty snacks much more than sweets. But it seems in the last couple of months that these salty cravings, particularly during the day, have increased (remember the bag of chips yesterday?).

Then, I opened an email today from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Why I get these emails is a subject for another day but I do enjoy these friendly emails from Emily (no, I don’t know her personally but she always sounds so perky!). The subject of the email is “Salty or Sweet? Two Tasty Recipes Inside!” (I told you she’s perky) and part of the email reads:

You’ll probably be surprised to learn that cravings for:

•    salty foods could be caused by mineral deficiency
•    bitter foods could be caused by digestive issues
•    spicy foods could be caused by poor circulation
•    creamy foods could be caused by a need for comfort
•    sweet foods could be caused by stress or a lack of energy

Curious.