Mindfulness: Listen to Your Tastebuds

Being mindful includes listening to your body. When we are hungry (or sometimes just think we are) we need to ask ourselves “what am I hungry for?”. Answers can be hot, cold, sweet, spicy, salty, crunchy etc. These are all descriptions that speak to our senses. If we can satisfy this need we can gain satiety with much smaller amount even when it may no be the healthiest option. Plus, while exploring the answer to “what do I really want to eat?” it gives us time to make better decisions than succumbing to the impulse.

There are times when I want something crunchy to accompany my meal. Chips are commonly served with sandwiches to add the variety in texture. There are so many options for chips these days. No matter what, almost all potato chips are “empty calories” meaning they are providing only calories and not any nutrients. There are healthier options and they are simpler than you think to implement.

Kale ChipsTwo of the nutrient packed chips that are easy to prepare are: Kale Chips and Sweet Potato Chips. The only equipment you need is a knife and oven. Both provide a healthy dose of nutrients (Vitamin A, Vitamin K, B Vitamins, Folate, Calcium, Iron, and antioxidants).

To make Kale Chips, buy fresh kale (I prefer organic greens), wash and let the water drain from the leaves. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the leaves in half crosswise, remove the rib portion if too hard. Place all the leafy pieces in a large zipped bag.
Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 tsp sea salt and shake to coat all the leaves. Place the coated leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet, bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

To make Sweet Potato Chips, wash and peel sweet Sweet Potato Chipspotatoes, cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices. Put the slices in zipped bag, add the olive oil and salt. Shake to coat the slices. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes, turn and bake for another 8 minutes. Enjoy!

Both of these can be altered by adding garlic powder, thyme, rosemary or chili flakes. Listen to your taste buds and choose the flavor.