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Posted on Sep 29, 2011 in Food, Recipes | 43 comments

Roasted Garlic Kale Chips

Oh you guys. You really know how to lift a gal’s spirits. I’m doing my very best not to let yesterday’s weigh-in continue to get me down. So I’m taking a few steps backwards and reverting to the denial stage of my weight gain grieving. Must be water weight, right? 😉


I figured that there was no better time to get back on the health horse than with a new recipe to satisfy an old craving. Snacking has always been my downfall. As you guys are probably well aware by now, bad day therapy for the Gretchen of Old included salt, oil, and carrrrbs. Chips, pretzels, fries, Triscuits, Cheez-its… if I had it around, I would eat it. I could demolish an entire canister of Pringles without a second thought (after all, once you pop, you just can’t stop!).


So I decided to once again try my hand at a tried-and-true bloggers’ favorite: kale chips!


Roasted garlic kale chips, to be precise.


Well, my fakey version of roasted garlic that is. It might not be oven-roasted, but you kill two birds with one stone this way: you’re not only left with the garlic, but the garlic-infused olive oil too!

Lettuce begin!

I got a huge head (?) of kale at the farmer’s market this past weekend, and couldn’t wait to bust into it. The picture above is of less than half of what I got!

Laid out

This “recipe” (if you can really call it that, seeing as it has 3 ingredients, haha) churned out more kale chips than I knew what to do with. So instead of taking the time to actually figure out how to properly store (refrigerator? Tupperware on counter?) the extras, I just ate it. All of it. Duh.


Roasted Garlic Kale Chips
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So easy, and SO simple, these robustly flavored “chips” taste are salty and crisp, but have less than a tablespoon of olive oil for the entire batch!


1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 – 8 cloves garlic
4 cups torn kale leaves, rinsed and dried
Kosher salt, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a small, shallow pan to medium-low heat.

1. Add garlic cloves to oil. Simmer cloves on low until they are soft and translucent, at least 15 minutes.

2. Remove garlic from oil and smash (with mortar & pestle if available, otherwise with the back of a wooden spoon like I did.) Then add 1 tablespoon of the garlic-infused oil and mix. Save the rest of the garlic-infused oil in a container for later use.

3. In a large bowl, coat the kale leaves with the garlic & oil mixture (use your hands!) Ensure that each leaf is lightly but thoroughly covered, adding more oil if necessary. Lay out in a single layer on a baking sheet (it may take 2 – 3 baking sheets or batches), and bake for 5 – 8 minutes, checking frequently as they go from perfect to burnt very quickly.

4. Sprinkle a little salt, let cool, and enjoy!

Kale Chips

Bring it on, snack attacks!

These nutrition stats are if you ate the entire thing yourself (er, not that I know anyone who would do that, of course…) FOUR CUPS OF KALE, and less than 300 calories. Of course, this recipe doesn’t yield four full cups of kale CHIPS due to the whole dehydration-shrinkage thing (hehe… “shrinkage“) but still. I know the fat content is on the high side from the olive oil, but again, most normal people probably know how to share. Keke.

I know I ask variations of this question all the time, but what can I say? I only have so much originality in me. Do you have a particular go-to healthy snack substitution? Kale chips aren’t quite as convenient as my beloved Popchips, but I know every single thing that’s in ’em which is pretty neat. And they’re still crisp and, of course, delicious, so they definitely hit the spot!

PS: I’ve made a few changes to the sidebar! I’ve changed up the picture at the top, and created buttons for my Amazon store and T-shirt shop. Let me know what you think!

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Posted on Aug 5, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food | 7 comments

Special Delivery

Good news, everybody! The FAA furlough seems to have reached some sort of agreement, temporary or not, so it looks like I’ll be able to start my new job after all! Huzzah! Let’s celebrate with some on-the-parents sushi, shall we? Oh wait, I already did.


My parents and I met up with some family friends for lunch yesterday at Hoang’s. The sushi combo I got for lunch was really good, though still not quite as amazing as my precious Koi Koi sushi. But hey, I’m biased.


Thanks for venturing down to join us for lunch, Uncle Gil & Aunt Linda!


The lunch combo consisted of miso soup, a california roll, a salmon roll, and an eel & avocado roll – what a deal, eh?


My mom also gave me a taste of her shrimp pad thai. Thanks mom!


You can see where I get my adorableness, huh? Bahaha.

So I have been the recipient of some exciting deliveries as of late. First up, my order of the amazingly fantabulous Mama Pea‘s new cookbook finally arrived!


If you’ve read her blog at all, you already know what a hilarious writer and great mom she is (and she and her adorable family reside in my dad’s hometown of Salem, OR!) and her cookbook channels that exact same energy. It’s full of witty anecdotes and fun family photos, as well as (duh) delicious vegan recipes. I haven’t even bothered making any of the items in the book yet, I’ve just been poring over the sidebars and general hilarity – but I can’t wait to!


The other special delivery that I was super-psyched to discover on my doorstep? Observe:


In case you didn’t see my tweets about it yesterday, JALAPENO POPCHIPS HAVE ARRIVED!!!


I’ve been waiting on these babies since hearing about the impending flavor at the Fitness & Health Bloggers Conference I attended. I am so excited! Jalapeno is my favorite flavor of Kettle Chip, and I was thrilled to hear that my beloved Popchips would be following the trend. And so after doing a little happy dance and deafening my roommates upon discovering the basket on my doorstep, the tasting commenced:


I love ’em! They are definitely spicy, so be aware of that, but the zing is delicious. They’re not *quite* as flavorful as their Kettle Chip counterparts, but they probably have a lot less salt which I guess would be a contributing factor (but probably makes them better for you overall.) Salt & Vinger flavored Popchips might have to watch out… a new contender for favorite is on the move!

Happy Friday, folks!

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Posted on Jul 21, 2011 in | 6 comments

Q & A

I asked you all to ask me your questions, and here they are! If you have any other questions for me, about anything, please just drop it in a comment or feel free to email me at gretchen@honeyishrunkthegretchen.com instead.

Very Cherry"The Best Fruit Today!"

What does “healthy” mean to you?

My concept and perception of “health” has changed dramatically since starting this journey. Being “healthy” used to be all about the end-result for me: goal weight, goal size, etc. I now truly believe that being healthy is all about making the effort — the journey, rather than the destination if you want to embrace the cliche.


What is your dream job?

Corny as it is to say it, I have my dream job! Working for Yelp as a Community Manager draws on every single thing I love: people, writing, events, food, local businesses, all right in my favorite area in the world: Northern VA! I’m very fortunate to be able to do something that I love every day.


What foods can you absolutely NOT eat?

I am very fortunate not to have any food allergies or very severe intolerances. That being said, after not consuming cow’s milk for a long time (I prefer the taste and calories of almond milk) I’ve developed a degree of lactose intolerance. Yogurt and cheese seem to be okay, but milk and ice cream now have a terribly, er, uncomfortable effect on me (gross, hahaha.) Sad!

Is everyone supportive of your healthy ways? Did you have any friends who weren’t on board with any changes you made when you starting getting healthy?

I’m fortunate that I don’t have anyone in my life that has been flat-out unsupportive of my healthy journey. That being said, there are definitely different levels of understanding when it comes to the blog and how necessary I feel it is for my continued progress. I also feel like there are certain people who, not by any fault of their own, made the beginning of my journey more difficult because of the lifestyle they themselves lead. It can just be challenging to be the one to abstain when you have friends that encourage you to have “just a slice or two.” But in the end, the responsibility falls upon my own willpower (or lack thereof, haha.)

How do you gauge how many calories to eat? A program? Trial and Error?

As I detail in one of my Weight Loss 101 posts, I determine my caloric intake based on my basal metabolic rate (BMR). I try for a deficit of about 500 calories a day, so I aim for around 1500 calories.

How has having lost so much weight affected you mentally?

Mentally I am in a strange place. I have some issues not seeing myself as “the fat girl” anymore, even though logically I know that I’ve lost a considerable amount of weight. When you’re the one seeing yourself in the mirror every day, it’s just harder to recognize, I guess. Hopefully this is something that will reconcile itself in time, but for now it is admittedly still a struggle.

What has your biggest struggle been in your journey so far?

My biggest struggle has been (and is) between my former self and my current self. It is a constant battle whenever I get low, angry, stressed, or bored not to revert back to my old ways and turn to binge eating and my previously toxic relationship with food. I honestly think that despite the progress I’ve made to heal from that, it will still be something I have to fight against for the rest of my life. It’s hard to undo habits that you have ingrained in yourself for pretty much your entire life, you know? But at least I know now that I have the confidence to at least try. And that goes a long way.

What kind of camera & lens do you shoot with?

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mk III and a 50mm 1.4 lens. Also, my iPhone 5.





Sushi! Duh. But beyond that, I’m an equal opportunity food lover.

Nut butter?

Cashew butter is actually my favorite, which I like to make myself! As for the store-bought kind, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter has a very special place in my heart.

Go-to snack food?

Apples & peanut or almond butter is always a solid choice for me. If my salty tooth is acting up instead, I like to grab a bag of Popchips for a quick fix.

Ice cream flavor?

I’m a pistachio girl all the way.

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Posted on Jul 13, 2011 in Daily Eats | 4 comments

Daily Eats – 7/13/11



Big Train iced mocha mix made with skim milk, water, ice


Another slice of Greek breakfast casserole I made last night



A whole wheat hot dog bun slathered with Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter



TJ’s frozen mushroom ravioli doctored up with some frozen shrimp, frozen spinach, and a little sour cream added to the sauce.

Unpictured: Luna bar (breakfast), 3 fat ol’ slices of pizza (lunch), Popchips (snack), coconut milk ice cream (dessert), 4 or 5 li’l Reese’s Pieces (depression). Yeah, it was just one of those kinds of days.

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Posted on Jul 5, 2011 in Daily Eats | 10 comments

Daily Eats – 7/5/11



2/3 cup Kashi Blueberry Heart to Heart cereal (135 cal)
1/3 cup Erewhon Brown Rice cereal (35 cal)
1/2 cup original Almond Breeze (30 cal)

Morning Snack


A buttload of watermelon (~130 cal?)



Hot Bar Hodge Podge
– Li’l scoop of veggie lo mein (80 cal?)
– 3 meatballs (~120 cal)
– 4 pieces of sushi (150 cal)


Turkey Club Sandwich (~450 cal)

And unpictured Popchips (100 cal)

Afternoon Snack


Almond Cupcake w/Vanilla Coconut Frosting (~250 cal)



<1 serving Einkorn Pasta (from the Jovial Foods sample that I got at FHBC!) (~180 cal)
1 cup high-protein pasta sauce with edamame, turkey breast, peas, corn, and kale. (~150 cal)
Sprinkle of cheese (~30 cal)

Daily Total: 1,840 calories

Plus a hot and miserable run that happened after work (hooray for me!) and some abs that are about to go down riiiiiight… now. 🙂

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