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Pizza Flavored Kale Chips, Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding, Smoothies, and the Ugi Ball

by Lisa on September 28, 2011

On Saturday, I participated in the Finger Lakes Wellness Fair. I had four things to focus on while I was prepping: seminars I was giving on bone health, nutrition for athletes, and smoothies, plus healthy snack demos/samples.

What I learned: ditch the seminars and just give people food! I did have amazing conversations about my topics (and others) with people at the wellness fair, but the scheduled workshop idea didn’t work at all. I had reserved the building that had a kitchen, and it was sort of off the beaten path—people were most likely to wander in an out.

I made J Balls (high protein snack—many people went nuts over these, and said they tasted like cookie dough).

Chocolate flavored on the pan, vanilla in the food processor. Note: I didn't end up taking the chocolate ones to the Wellness Fair---they were too crumbly! I used Wegmans organic peanut butter for that batch, and I needed to add oil---but didn't. So, the proportions and need for oil will depend on how oily your nut butter is!

J Balls: vanilla, chocolate, and vanilla-rolled-in-crushed-pecans/cinnamon

I made four smoothie samples: Jack O’Smoothie, Chocolate Cherry Bomb, Go Green, and Pineapple Avocado. You can find the recipes here, along with the rest of the Ultimate Smoothie Workshop recipes. It’s possible that pineapple avocado was the favorite, but everyone seemed to like all of them (except one little boy who thought they were all gross! He then went outside and threw rocks at the building while his mom chatted with me).

I also had Dark Chocolate Avocado Pudding that was a huge winner, except with one lady who wrinkled up her nose and said, “Ew, that’s dark chocolate.” Yep, no milk chocolate fans allowed! :)

Here’s the recipe I always use based on my experimenting over the last couple years (I’m not sure who came up with the concept–there are versions posted all over the Internet) :

1 avocado
1/4 cup any kind of milk (I used almond)
1/4 cup maple syrup (you can sub in a dropper full of stevia–I do this when I make it for myself)
1/4 cup unsweetened cacao (cocoa) powder

Blend or process until smooth!

Last, I made a huge batch of pizza flavored kale chips. I daresay these are the best kale chips I’ve had/made!

The basic kale chip recipe came from here. I didn’t actually use that recipe to start from, but it was the one I used when I began experimenting with kale chips.

Kale Chips

(Pizza Flavor)

7 large kale leaves (remove stem and tear into “chips”)
½ cup cashews
½ cup water
2 roasted red peppers (or fresh red peppers)
5 sundried tomatoes
½ tbsp pizza seasoning (Frontier Organic is what I used)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional—gives cheesy flavor)

Kale Chip Pizza Sauce Ingredients

 In food processor or vita-mix, combine all ingredients except kale. Process until smooth.

Put kale pieces in a large bowl and add sauce. Use your hands to massage the sauce into the kale. Spread kale chips onto cookie sheet or dehydrator trays.

Bake at 200-300 degrees for 20 minutes or so (depending on your oven and the kale you’re using). If you think it will help, flip them over and continue to bake. Keep a close watch – they’ll burn quickly! Remember, all ovens are different, so baking times vary.

If using a dehydrator, the kale chips will be done in about 8 hours with the temperature at 115 degrees.

Store in airtight container for about a week. 

Post-blend, pre-massage

 

There's really no way to do this without getting messy...

Have you made kale chips? What is your favorite kind? Pizza Flavor is my new fave for sure…and since kale really does grow like a weed, it’s a pretty cheap snack!

Coming soon:

Ugi Ball review!

I bought the 12lb (based on availability)...my first reaction is that (1) I love it and (2) I probably should have gotten the 10lb ball! Sorry the pic is blurry--I have major lighting issues here!

All-in-all, I’m calling the wellness fair a success! I think next year, (or the next one I do) I’ll take into account the wander-around approach most people will take, and just post times when I’ll do food demos…but offer samples throughout. I’ll also skip the workshop method, and just do an open Q&A for the entire time.

Have you ever presented at a workshop or conference?

Do you make kale chips? Oven or dehydrator? What flavor is your fave?

 

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  • http://nevernotbeautiful.blogspot.com Laura @ nevernotbeautiful

    Pizza flavored kale chips? And the award for #1 reason why I need a dehydrator goes to…. I’ve bought the “cheesy” ones at stores like Whole Foods before by they are always at least $6-8.  Total nonsense.

    I’ve never presented at a workshop or conference but I’m in the midst of planning a big conference with 8 or 9 different presenters for later in October. It’s keeping me SO busy!!

  • Anonymous

    Glad the wellness fair went well!  Those kale chips sound awesome – I think my favorite kind that I’ve ever made were some steak sauce flavored ones – but I’ll definitely be trying your pizza flavored ones soon =)

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

    Ooooh..steak sauce kale chips sound awesome! I just searched your site for the recipe and will definitely make them next!

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

    i like the pizza flavor too, but boy does it leave a “brush your teeth” feeling after. haha. Ugi ball LOVE! i’ve been wanting one. Good choice!

  • Anonymous

    first, i love your tshirt in the photo where you’ve got your ahnds in the kale!
    i’ve never presented at a workshop or conference. i think it would be really fun to work a booth, though. i’ve noticed at various expos, fairs etc that free ANYTHING draws people, but ESP free food! glad you could take away some lessons from this experience! the j balls look really good.
    never made kale chips – i did buy them once at the health food store – $6 for a teeny bag – and really liked them – think they were cheese flavoured.
    have fun with the ugi ball! you’ll just get bigger muscles with the heavier ball! :)

  • Anonymous

    Yum yum!!  I love kale chips!  I have a dehydrator – but it’s not the best one, it’s about 100 years old! haha :)   Hope you are good! 

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

    That’s one of my fave t-shirts. The part not visible is that the fish is hanging out of a seal’s mouth (but totally not in a violent way!).
    I think my muscles are getting bigger already :)

  • http://www.mythornshaveroses.com Stephanie@MyThornsHaveRoses

    Kale chips!!! I have forgotten about these!  We have so much growing right now.  I need to make a batch stat!

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

    I am loving your pizza flavored kale chips idea!!! I need to try those. I stick with my salt and vinegar kale chips mostly….need to branch out!

    Excited to hear about the Ugi experience :-)

  • http://merigoesround.blogspot.com/ meri

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the Ugi! The one time I tried to make kale chips it did NOT work out haha. Maybe I’ll try again!

  • http://www.healthfulsense.com/ Lisa @ Healthful Sense

    I have to try the pizza kale chips!!  What a fabulous idea =)  I’ve only made kale chips with parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast.
    I love chocolate avocado pudding!!  I make mine both vegan w/ just avocado, cocoa powder, and stevia AND vegetarian w/ avocado, cocoa powder, greek yogurt, and stevia.
    So many creative things to do with avocado!!

  • http://fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com Sam

    lots of delicious recipes here!! love the sound of the pudding.

  • Anonymous

    Great recipes Lisa! I made kale chips but usually only cover them in EVOO, salt and some brewers yeast! Your recipe definitely looks good! I’ve been wanting a dehydrator for so long! I think I’m going to put it on my Christmas light this year! Do you have any recommendations on which ones are good?

  • http://www.the-new-healthy.com Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I want to get the Ugi ball so bad! Would you say it ups the workouts? Have you been using it for bodyrock?

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

    I haven’t used it for bodyrock yet, but I’m sure I will. So far, I’ve done the ugi workouts (which is similar to bodyrock)…and I love it! On Fri 30/09/11 13:34 , “Disqus”
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  • Anonymous

    I was on a panel at BlogHer Food this year and I was so freaked out before hand, but while I was doing it…I was strangely calm! I loved it! The pizza kale chips sound so good! I need to try that soon!

  • http://www.pickyeatingrd.com Allison @ PickyEatingRD

    I have made kale chips before in the oven – don’t have a dehydrator.  I think a dehydrator is the necessary kitchen tool when it comes to perfect kale chips!  I added garlic and nutritional yeast to mine yum!

  • http://www.DiningAndDishing.com DiningAndDishing

    Presenting at a workshop is always tricky. People seem to really enjoy the personal connections and freebies much more than the actual presentations! I am dyyyying to try that avocado pudding. It sounds so healthy and yet decadent! 

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

    Free food really is the best motivation there is!  I’ve been known to say that I loved staff meetings (awful, horrible things) if the food was good.

    I’ve presented at teaching workshops and conferences.  I absolutely loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat.  Except for that whole pesky “not actually a teacher anymore” thing.

  • http://www.peasandcrayons.com Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    pizza flavored kale chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES YES YES! I’m so all over this! pinning it to pinterest stat!

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

    I gotta start using Pinterest…how do I do it? I heard I need an invite or something!

  • http://www.peasandcrayons.com Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

    send me your email and i’ll invite you! <3 its amaaaaaaazing!

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