|Misha, Nika and Brian snowshoeing at Sunset Mountain|
It also was a first for me to be out snowshoeing with my people and dog buddies doing something I had to pass on for the past two winters. I used to go nordic or skate skiing every winter on a regular basis until chronic muscle pain sidelined me.
But this time, I made it. I didn't have to cry to myself as my husband and son headed off on one of their snowshoeing adventures. I would be lying to say I had no pain, but it was within tolerable limits. It was in marked contrast to last winter when I could hardly walk out to the mailbox without doubling over in pain. I owe it all to my physical therapist and my hubby who continues the myofascial release therapy at home. I have to give myself credit as well. Every morning, you'll find me doing core conditioning exercises.
|Misha carrying his water, treats in his new pack|
|Here's Misha all tired out from snowshoeing but reunited with his buddies, Kona and Bailey|
Unfortunately, my weakness continues to be chocolate. I have resolved to only make chocolate recipes that utilize veggies. This week I indulged in Chocolate Lovers' Kale.
|Chocolate Lovers' Kale|
1- 1 1/2 bunches of kale
1-2 T. cacao powder
1 T. coconut oil
1 T. sunbutter (optional)
stevia to taste
1 T. each chia seed, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Wash kale. Trim from stems and separate into small pieces. Pat the kale pieces dry with a paper towel.
- Grind the chia, sunflower seeds and cacao nibs to a coarse grind.
- Melt the coconut oil and combine with sunbutter, stevia, cacao powder and ground seed/nib blend to make a paste. Thin with more coconut oil if not pourable. (note: sunbutter could be omitted)
- Working in batches pour 1-2 T. mixture over kale placed in a large bowl. Use your hands to massage in the chocolate mixture.
- Spread the choco-covered kale pieces on a large cookie sheet, sprayed with pan spray.
- Place in the oven for about 20 minutes until the leaves are dry but pliable.
- Remove from oven and allow kale pieces to cool before diving in.
- Note: I found this treat satisfying and was not tempted to eat more than a few leaves.