Confession: I Really, Really (Really) Hate Kale

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There was an audible gasp at our morning web meeting today when I admitted aloud that I, Emily Leaman, health and fitness editor of Philadelphia magazine, absolutely, positively, patently hate kale.

I’ll give you a minute to recover from your shock.

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Better?

Here’s the thing: I feel like I’ve given kale a pretty good shake, but no matter how I dice it (or, more accurately, how I prepare it) I just can’t seem to get behind it. It tastes bitter and earthy to me, and there is absolutely nothing pleasant about chomping away at something that tastes like sour dirt. Honestly every time I eat it, I can’t fathom how other people choke it down so easily. And voluntarily.

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Everything You Need to Know About 2015’s Top-Ranked Diet 

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U.S. News and World Report just the announced best diet of 2015, and it’s not the Paleo Diet or the Raw Food Diet, or any of the other trendy diets you’ve probably read so much about this year. The winner is—drumroll, please—the DASH Diet.

The DASH Diet is no stranger to first place: This is its fifth year snagging the number one spot on the list. And even though the diet was originally developed to fight high blood pressure, and not necessarily as a weight-loss diet, it does help in the weight-loss department if you stick to the rules. But chances are, while you can probably recite, say, Paleo’s list of dos and don’ts, you have just about zero clue what the DASH Diet’s rules are, am I right? No worries: That’s what we’re here for.

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RECIPE: Light and Fluffy Winter-Veggie Frittata

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Photo by Becca Boyd

I’ve officially reached my limit on revelry. Although wine and cookies every night sounds like an excellent idea, my body needs a major break. This breakfast represents my re-entry to healthy living in the new year, and as I write this I’m feeling better already.

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10 Healthy Travel-Ready Snacks for Your Holiday Road Trip

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If you’re packing up to hit the road for the next few days, allow me to remind you of one essential thing you don’t want to forget: road-trip snacks! Sure, you can stop off at the nearest Wawa to fill up (we have a guide to Wawa’s healthiest grab-and-go eats for exactly that purpose), but if you’re looking for something a bit more, er, homemade, grab some baggies and whip up these easy portable snacks for your holiday trip. You’ll be happy you did, say, five hours in when there’s nowhere to eat except a rest-stop Roy Rogers.

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8 Foods You’re Wasting Money (and Calories) On If You Buy Them at the Store

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I must preface this post with an admission: I am pretty much the furthest thing from a “serious” home cook you’ll ever encounter. I don’t spend my weekends working my way through a Julia Child cookbook. I don’t obsessively pin recipe ideas on a Pinterest board. I don’t make piles of baked goods for the office just because I happened to be playing round with a snickerdoodle recipe the night before. Heck, I don’t even measure when I cook.

So yes, I’m a pretty lazy home cook. I have my stable of a dozen or so go-to recipes that I simply make over and over and over again. These recipes contain just a few simple ingredients I almost always have on hand, and they come together in 20 minutes or less. Sure, they’re delicious, but they are anything but complicated or creative.

I say all of this by way of background for today’s post, because I want you to understand that if a lazy home cook like me can muster the energy/creativity to make the items below at home, rather than buy them at the store, you can, too. Based on my culinary track record alone, you can trust the fact that these recipes are so embarrassingly simple, you’ll wonder why you ever store-bought them in the first place.

So here goes: My list of eight no-brainer, easy-to-make-at-home foods you’d be crazy to buy at the store ever again.

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