Conquering the Kale

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mobility: 
Spend 5 minutes or more foam rolling legs

Warm-up, “Classic style”:
15 minutes or 2-3 rounds, 10-15 reps of each:
Overhead squat, PVC to barbell
GHD Sit-ups
Hip extensions
Pull-ups (mix in strict and kipping)
Dips or push-ups
Samson stretch, 30 seconds

Workout:
Row 500 meters
50 Wall balls (20/14)
Row 400 meters
40 Wall balls
Row 300 meters
30 Wall balls
Row 200 meters
20 Wall balls
Row 100 meters
10 Wall balls

Cool down:
15 Pvc dislocates
15 Pvc Good Mornings
Plow stretch, 30 seconds

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From the vault.  

I know a lot of you struggle somewhat with preparing the kale that comes in the market order. I won’t lie, I wasted a lot of it when I first signed up for the market order. I just want you to know that you are not alone. Here is a guest post from our very own Mary Haynes regarding her quest to conquer the kale salad. Enjoy!

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Kale has always been kind of a mysterious veggie for me.  I love the raw kale salad at Veggie Grill, and I’ve managed to master the homemade kale chip (no really, its way better than anything you’ve ever bought).  But for the life of me I can’t seem to make my own kale salad. I have wasted bushels and bushels of the leafy green trying to make an appetizing dish — and for all my efforts, nothing seems to work. How on earth do these people make raw kale taste better than cardboard?!?
 
The other night I accosted Jamie and complained to her about my latest culinary frustration.  She sympathetically went through every step with me and determined what my real problem was –  basically a lack of love. “Get to know your kale” she told me.  Wise advice, she advised me to use lots of lemon juice, massage the kale, and then massage it some more.
 
So when we got kale in our weekly delivery this week, that’s exactly what I did. I de-stemmed the greens, chopped them up into bite sized pieces and added tons of lemon juice.  Then I massaged the heck out of it. My hands got all lemony and it was kinda gross – but totally worth it.   In the end? An amazing kale salad came out!  Thanks to Jamie for your sage advice.  I’m adding this to the list of why I like our gym – I get backsquat tips, track master classes, and now culinary coaching.
 
 
Simple Raw Kale Salad
 
 
The Simplest Kale Salad That I know Of:
 
1 Bunch of Kale – Washed, de-stemmed and cut into bite-sized chunks
1 lemon
Olive oil
Walnuts or pine nuts – chopped to your liking
Dried Cranberries
Avocado
 
Steps:
 
1. Washed, de-stemmed and cut into bite-sized chunks
2. Dowse with Olive oil – No measurement for this… it’s to your liking. Some people like a greasier salad, some don’t.
3. Squeeze lemon juice on salad and massage it into the leaves. I mean REALLY get in there and run up on your kale. I usually use only 1/2 a lemon at first, then taste test and add more if I feel it’s still too bitter.
4. Add nuts, cranberries and avocado slices!
5. Pat yourself on the back for being a bad-ass.

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