Kale is great for growing kids-Cocoa Berry Kale Smoothie

My kids are pretty great kids. And they eat pretty great foods. Most of the time.

Let's be honest. They are kids. They like sweet stuff. Heck, who doesn't?

Last year we introduced the #TampaTrio to kale. It was the first time I had ever had it too! I made an Italian Wedding soup and it was good! Then I attempted kale chips. Attempt #1 was a dismal failure! Yell  Attempt #2 was a great success!! But in my honest opinion, kale chips are TOO MUCH WORK. I want my family to all have the amazing benefits of kale but I don't want to work for it. Undecided

When Nature's Greens sent me 2 large bags of kale, I immediately started to think outside my comfort zone.  What could I make with the kale that was fast, yummy and sweet?

Cocoa Berry Kale Smoothie.


6 cups kale

2 bananas

2 cups water

3 cups mixed berries

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp ground flax


Put in your Ninja and blend! I added the Kale first, then the bananas, then the water, and then I pureed it all together and once it was blended, I added the berries, cocoa, and flax. I try to add flax to foods whenever I can since it's packed full of Omega 3 fatty acids which we use as a natural "treatment" for our son's ASD.

If you had a real juicer you wouldn't get all the pulp that I got. But we're okay with pulp over here, so it's all good.

It made enough for me, and the kids, plus there was enough left over for the husband to have some when he got home, and I got a second glass, too!

It was a HUGE hit with the kids. Check out Miss Ella with her cocoa berry kale smoothie mustache!

And it was EASY! Did I mention how easy it was?? Super easy!

All the great benefits of Kale with very little work. Awesome. Now don't get me wrong, I am not afraid of hard work. But I'd much rather spend my time with my kids than spending all night cooking Kale chips. Tongue Out

This smoothie has now become the favorite after school snack, and I also drink one as part of my post-wod recovery.

You can check out WP Rawl and their Kale Up campaign for great recipes and ideas on how YOU can incorporate kale into your life in 2014!

Do you like Kale? How do you prepare it?

Experience my Mexican Lasagna with Daisy Cottage Cheese #DaisyDifference

This post is sponsored by Fit Fluential, LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese.


As a CrossFitter, I need protein. Lots of protein. And sometimes I need it quickly. Why quickly? Because I have the #TampaTrio, my wonderful set of Irish Triplets (nearly 8, 9, and 10) that constantly keep me on the GO GO GO. My breakfast needs to be fast, it needs to be eaten (usually) in the car while I'm driving them to school, and my post-recovery protein also needs to be quick since I'm usually leaving the box to head to some where else.

And....I like to chew my protein. I go through phases where I'll drink it, but let's be honest, I like food.

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein. One half cup serving of low fat Daisy cottage cheese contains 90 calories and 13g of protein.

I've been alternating between yogurt, cottage cheese, and hard boiled eggs for quite some time now. And I have to say....I honestly think that I've developed an addiction to Daisy Cottage Cheese.


  •  Daisy Cottage Cheese contains no more than four high quality ingredients, compared with other leading brands which have 10 or more. 4! And it passed the #TampaTrio test. They could pronounce EVERY ingredient on the label.
  • Daisy makes it easy to spot the regular Cottage Cheese, with dark blue lids, and light blue for the low fat variety. And let me tell you this is HUGE!! My favorite brand of yogurt has the same color lid (red) for the whole milk vanilla and the whole milk PLAIN. And Publix places them right next to each other. Do you know how many times I've grabbed the PLAIN, and wow, does Ella ever get a HUGE surprise when she takes that first bite. This won't happen with Daisy. Smile

For my breakfast I've been pairing Daisy with all my favorite fruits. I've paired it with grapes, pineapple, and peaches. Pineapple was my favorite.

I've also been enjoying it right out of the container! Yes, double dipping and all. Tongue Out

But I wanted to get my kids to eat it. They don't like cottage cheese right out of the container, so I needed to be creative.

And voila....MEXICAN LASAGNA was born!

Normally we have Taco Tuesday at our house. But since my girls got braces, they can no longer have corn/corn products. So I decided to try something different and wow...it was AWESOME!!

Here's the recipe:


1 pack of lasagna noodles

1 can of black beans

1 zucchini

2 small yellow squash

1 red bell pepper

1 large carrot

1 pack of frozen spinach (allowed to defrost, then squeeze all the water out)

2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

1 24oz container of 2% Daisy Cottage Cheese

1 (16-ounce) container refrigerated mild salsa (I used mild b/c of the kids)

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

2.5 pounds lean ground turkey


Cook the noodles. Brown the turkey. While the turkey is browning, I chopped up all the veggies into teeny tiny pieces with my Ninja. My kids won't willingly eat zucchini or squash, so while I not a firm believer of "hiding" veggies from the kids, I did it for this recipe.

As the meat finished, I drained off any remaining fat, then added EVERYTHING but the cheeses to the meat, and got it all nice and sauteed.

In a separate bowl I combined the Daisy Cottage Cheese and the shredded cheese.

And then I layered. Sauce/meat mixture, noodles, cheese mixture, spinach, noodles, meat, noodles, cheese, spinach, etc, etc, etc., I'm sure I messed up the layering along the way since one of the kids was talking my ear off about Lego's.

But regardless, it came out SO GOOD! The kids ate their entire dinner, and Ella (my middle child, my most picky eater) came back and asked for SECONDS! Surprised That never happens.

Cover with foil and cook at 350 for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and allow the top layer of cheese to brown up a little bit.

My Mexican Lasagna is going on permanent rotation for Taco Tuesday!

Join Daisy for a twitter chat Thursday, April 10th at 9 PM EST hosted by FitFluential. Follow @DaisyHealthRD me, @JennyMetamorfit & the hashtag #DaisyDifference. We will discuss ways to Power Your Way Through the Day using Daisy Cottage Cheese as a versatile protein source for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and pre/post workout.

Do YOU like Cottage Cheese??


Jenny's Healthy Italian Wedding Soup

I made this on Saturday and it came out SO GOOD!! My trio go back to school this week and they love to take soup in their thermos, and I thought they would really enjoy this, and they did!! YUM!

Jenny’s Healthy Italian Wedding Soup


3/4 pound LEAN ground turkey

1/2 cup brown rice bread crumbs

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon Italian Spice blend

1 egg or egg substitute to equal 1 egg



1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 large onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

10 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 (10-ounce) bag chopped fresh KALE

1 box gluten free pasta (I used Bowtie)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, Italian seasoning, and egg. Form into 30 to 40 small (1-inch) meatballs.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray with nonstick spray. Arrange meatballs in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes or until meatballs are lightly brown and cooked through.

In a pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 5 to 6 minutes until tender. In a separate cooking pot, add chicken broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer and add kale. Cook for 5 minutes. Add pasta and cook an additional 8 minutes. Add cooked meatballs and cook for 5 minutes.