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Superfood Brunch with My Mini-Me!

by Lisa on March 19, 2011

Wait till you see what we invented!  They’re called Bressert Chips!

I thought this week on my semi-spring break that I would have time to relax toward the end of the week. What actually happened is that I’m left wondering how I would have gotten my work done if I was not on break from one school!  It’s all great—in fact, I love the feeling of being productive (even better when I’m getting paid for my productivity). I’ll have the opportunity to be productive again all day on Sunday too (do you like how I upcycled that thought?!)

I met Wendy (remember her success story?) for lunch on Thursday at Lovin’ Cup, and it was great—you know how you just click with some people?!  Wendy is one of those people who is just a great person, and I always enjoy chatting with her and hearing her updates on life, working out and food. I totally should have taken a picture of us—I’m such a terrible photog!

Yesterday, I ran into Katelyn at the gym, and we did a little spinning together (well, more like next to each other–on the spin bikes in the cardio room). I had to cut my workout a little short so I could get back to work, but that’s ok because it left me time to plan and prep for our brunch!

We came up with this awesome fabulous idea to make Bressert Kale Chips- breakfast & dessert kale chips! We were brainstorming about what to make, and that idea just jumped out at us. The varieties we thought of were Cashew/Maple/Cinnamon/Raisin and Chocolate.

What? You don't eat kale for breakfast? You should!

As soon as I began making the batter, I knew they were going to be awesome (I may have tasted it once or twice…or ten times).

Maple/Cinnamon/Raisin Bressert Kale Chips

1 cup water
1 cup cashews (soaked for a few hours)
1tsp vanilla
20 drops stevia (I used vanilla)
1/4 cup maple syrup (local, please)

blend this till smooth, and then add 1/2 cup raisins and blend on low just to mix them in. Chop 1 bunch of kale into “chips” and massage the batter into it. Dehydrate for at least 5 hours at 115 or lower (I did overnight).

You should make and eat these!

Chocolate Bressert Kale Chips

1 cup water
1 cup cashews (soaked for a few hours)
20 drops Cocoa Bean Extract (I love NuNaturals)
1tbsp cacao powder (or you could use carob)
1/4 cup maple syrup (local!)

Blend all ingredients till smooth. Massage into 1 bunch worth of kale “chips.” Dehydrate for several hours at 115 or lower (I did overnight).

Chocolate Bressert Kale Chips---Really awesome. I swear you can't even taste the kale!

Next, I wanted to make juice—I had a ton of produce in the fridge, and it was just screaming to be juiced. I love my Greenstar juicer because once you make juice, it stays “good” for up to 72 hours in the fridge. I put two in the fridge for brunch, and put the rest in the freezer (I just take it out and put it in the fridge the night before I’m going to drink it). This stuff is pretty strong!

TBJ - To Be Juiced!

I love my Greenstar. Do you see how dry this carrot pulp is?!

Generally, I strain the foam off and dump my juice batches into the large Vita-mix container. Then when it's full, I spin it on low speed and add a little stevia---it also incorporates some of the foam that's left on top.

Two for brunch. Three for the freezer.

I was thinking—maybe we should serve our juice like a spritzer! The juice itself, full of beet greens, dandelion greens, beets, lemon, parsley, green apple (I usually leave out the fruit, but this is a special occasion!), carrot, celery…is quite strong tasting, and I happen to have some Zevia Ginger Ale…

Veg Juice Zevia Spritzer - the carbonation made the juice form bubbles and separated it into different colors---it was beautiful and delicious (we may or may not have had two or three a piece!)...don't worry Mrs. and Mr. Block, I would never give your daughter alcohol. I just drink everything out of wine glasses!

The main dish on our brunch menu was waffles. High protein pseudograin (sprouted buckwheat) waffles, to be specific!

The toppings we came up with were: Pom Acai Chia jam (I started with a recipe from Julie Morris and Navitas Naturals—but I subbed in Pom juice for the apple juice it called for, and the amounts I used did not match her recipe at all), Cashew Cream (I cannot get enough of this stuff!!!), and some muddled fruit (yes, it was frozen. I didn’t plan ahead on that one).

Pom Acai Chia jam. This stuff is awesome! There's a tiny bit (2 tbsp) of maple syrup in it, but it could definitely be done with stevia too.

With the Pom Acai Chia jam, cashew cream, fruit (strawberries and raspberries), and sprouted buckwheat cereal (made with finely shredded coconut and chia)

Katelyn is my Mini Me—we have a lot in common!  I wish that I had known as much as she does when I was her age. But, regardless of me being technically old enough to be her mother (!) we had a great time.

We also chatted for so long (and watched an episode of Glee) that we needed to eat again!

Do you have any friends who like to eat like you do, who you can do meal get togethers with? In general, I usually have the most in common food-wise with friends who are quite a bit older than me (with a few exceptions—Ali and Kyle!), so it’s nice to have a younger friend too!

I’m off to grade papers and then head to Penn Yan to visit a friend that I inherited from my sister—It’s so nice to hang out with people who knew Jen. I’m so lucky to have Carol in my life. Hopefully, I’ll remember to take a pic or two!

I have (soon) more hormone info to share—about stress and metabolism—and I’m designing round 2 of my Personal Improvement Plan (PIP). Honestly, I’ve departed from it today and yesterday, and I feel super puffy. It’s ok to fly of the wagon occasionally, and I’m containing my flight to 48 hours (I’m sure I’ll have wine tonight!).

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend—any fun plans? Are you getting together with friends? Drinking wine? Making cookies?  Tell me :)

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  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    I'm hanging out with my best friend all weekend…my husband! I'm pretty lucky for it too. Everything sounds delicious and I'm so glad you got to enjoy some time with friends. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

    Hahaha omg I LOVE YOU! And glee, and this post. Why are we such culinary geniuses, I honestly have no idea. I cannot wait for our next bressert experiment:) Love you!! Talk to you soon lovee

  • http://spicedplate.blogspot.com/ lauren@spiced plate

    !! I just bought some maple syrup (yes, local — I live in Maine and there's a wonderful abundance of it!) and those kale chips are something I know I'll be making asap!

    I'm looking forward to hearing about stress and metabolism — I know something about stress gives you more belly fat. Hopefully my yoga helps. I'm thinking about doing another cleanse, too, when more local veggies are around. I think it's good to “fly” once in a while — that's what life is for.

    This weekend I've already made black bean veggie burgers, chocolate chip cookies, and granola (yes, at the same time) and plan on making some more goodies tomorrow…being in the kitchen is like meditation for me, and on the weekends I spend a LOT of time in there.

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  • http://www.cottercrunch.com lindsay cotter

    i want to try bres-sert. Youre right, I think i might just eat that batter. What a great idea. Love all the thought going into these nourishing foods!

  • http://fitchocoholic.wordpress.com/ Gen

    Wooow!! What a great kale chip idea!! :D
    This week we have another group in….one left today and this one arrived today as well!!

  • http://www.1970kikiproject.wordpress.com Cathyk

    what a FUN brunch menu, lisa!! never heard of choco kale chips – what a concept! you're brilliant!
    i love having friends of different age groups – my younger friends make me feel “in the know” about latest trends and hip expressions; more mature friends give me perspective on what's important/when to not sweat the small stuff.
    glad you've had a mix of work and play this week!

  • http://www.love-life-project.com Stephanie

    I've never thought about making sweet kale chips. Fantastic idea! I bet maple would be delicious.

  • http://twitter.com/feedthebf Peggy Labor

    Sounds like you all had a really fun brunch! This weekend is just flying by, let me tell ya!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    This post is filled with such creative foods! I am still in awe of those “dessert kale chips”. I HAVE to make those!
    And, the spritzer looks delicious. I'm excited to start getting more creative with my own juicer this summer. It's been so lonely lately, and neglected.

  • http://cyclicalunemployment.wordpress.com/ Katherine: Unemployed

    what? you don't act as a personal chef and make kale for breakfast for the world? you are invited to my kitchen. so great!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    Definitely make the dessert kale chips—they're so awesome :)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I would love to make the kale chips for everybody in the world—they are so

    good. I'm pretty sure I'm making them again today (because katelyn and I ate

    two full batches yesterday!)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    We really put our hearts into this stuff :)

  • Erica – Itzy's Kitchen

    WOW! What a neat brunch spread. The kale chips- especially the chocolate variety- sound so yummy! And this post makes me want to buy a juicer. Good luck with the paper grading. We had a good weekend until late last night. Franky is having some more issues :( Hopefully he'll get better today

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I hope Franky is ok!

  • http://www.ravenwavesblog.wordpress.com Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Lots of yummy food! The kale dessert chips look/sound so good! What a cool idea to use kale for brunch!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com Lisakthrives

    I want to eat at your house! :)

    I love being in the kitchen too—and I need to make more time for it. It

    just seems to be the thing that I put off to do other “important” stuff.

    Isn't real local maple syrup just awesome?! We have an abundance in NY too,

    and Joe even made it once himself!

    Glad you are getting some quality kitchen time this weekend :)

  • http://nevernotbeautiful.blogspot.com Laura

    Those kale chips are crazy! I love that you had a fun idea and just went with it! I would never have thought to try something like that…

    I can't wait to hear more about your PIP. I've flown off the wagon myself these past two days (it's hard to eat so rigidly at someone else's house and I'm visiting my parents). Back on the cleanse train today though.

    I had brought ingredients with me to make a cleanse-friendly batch of Super-Charge Me! Cookies for my Mom and I but then the oven broke last night… I can't wait to make them when I get home!

  • http://couchpotatoathlete.wordpress.com/ Holly

    All of this food looks amazing — but those dessert kale chips?!?!? What a great idea!

    I can't wait to read more about stress/metabolism. Your last post was wonderful!

    I spent yesterday and most of this morning with my sister in law and niece — we had a great time. We watched movies, made brownies and played dress-up :)

  • http://mylittlecelebration.com my little celebration

    Creative recipes!

    This weekend I'm in Colorado with my husband celebrating our 1-year anniversary and eating LOTS of good food, of course.

  • Heather (All Sizzle No Steak)

    Dessert kale chips? Those sound very intriguing. I'll have to give them a try when kale is in season up here.

  • http://twitter.com/PeasandCrayons Jennifer Laughlin

    I MIGHT have drank like a fish this weekend. haha oops? and a sushi night was the highlight of my weekend!

    loooove the bressert kale!!! I have got to try this! =) your waffles look divine too ;)

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • http://wheres-the-beach.blogspot.com/ Heather @ Where's the Beach

    Oh those kale chips look fantastic. YUM. My sister is about the only person who really likes to eat like me, or at least give it a try.

  • http://twitter.com/carrieonvegan Carrie

    Wow, I want to do brunch and YOUR house! The food looks so amazingly delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing!!! :)

  • http://www.runnintothealtar.blogspot.com Katy

    That sounds like a lovely time!! :)

  • JL @ HealthyHeyday

    Hi Lisa!

    WOW, your brunch spread looks amazing! How fun! I have the pleasure of “creating” in the kitchen with my hubby. He has slowly transitioned into a more plant-based diet, as I am a 95% raw vegan. You have added some new recipes here that we will be making! Thanks for sharing.

    We spent the weekend “greening” our home. We pitched so much stuff and boy does it feel good! Less is more! :-)

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend/break. Enjoyed this post. :-)

  • http://www.healthydiaries.com Maria

    WOW! I've really got to try those Kale chips! They look so different and good!

  • Allison @ PickyEatingRD

    Ok now there is an idea I can stand behind. Since you know I struggle to eat green, dessert kale chips might rock my world! Must try!!!! Hope you enjoyed your weekend!!

  • http://theavidappetite.com Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    Your kale chips look fantastic! I have a bunch of kale at home, so I might just give these a whirl!

  • http://twitter.com/GlamKitten88 Bonnie

    I think all women love brunch.
    It's a chick thing.

    http://glamkittenslitterbox.bl
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • DiningAndDishing

    hahaha – I LOVE the name Bressert Chips! I must admit I have never eaten kale for breakfast. But these might just change my mind! :)

    - Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  • http://fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com/ Samanthaswalton

    totally making those kale chips soon!! yum.

  • http://sopop-ish.blogspot.com/ Lyv.

    Wow kale chips!!!! That sounds rather interesting!

    I have friends like that too… and they're usually never even close of my age! Actually, I think they're all much older… :)
    My weekend was filled with great food and tons and tons of wine! Ahhhhhhh the Argentina! I've missed you! haha :D

    How was your weekend?

    xx

  • http://www.thefitnessdish.com Laury@TheFitnessDish

    Wow! So much good stuff! So creative with the kale chips. I wish I had a dehydrator, I can only bake mine.

    Those waffles are making my mouth water though. All those toppings, hello? Please share!!

  • http://merigoesround.blogspot.com meri

    Your kale chip recipe is so creative! I love it! My mom and dad will try some of the more “out there” things I concoct for them, they are always interested in healthy eating too. Some of my friends eat like me, but some of them definitely do not haha!

  • http://veggie-couture.blogspot.com Gina

    I want to join you girls for brunch next time! Everything looks great :)

    So cute that you two live so close and are becoming such great friends!

  • http://twitter.com/TheNewHealthy Stefanie

    It looks like you two had such a great time! I love the idea of Bressert chips! :)

  • http://www.balancedbean.com Maryann (The Balanced Bean)

    Wow that chia jam looks amazing! and same with the chips. None of my friends eat as healthy as me, although Im making some friends in my nutrition classes that do so its awesome!

  • http://hungry-dancer.com Lauren @ Hungry Dancer

    It would have never occurred to me to make dessert kale chips!! LOVE this idea!!!!

  • http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com Averie

    your chips look great! just saw your comment on my post :)

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