Want to Write for the Examiner?

The Examiner is always looking for good people to write for them.  They have all kinds of categories and areas that you can specialize in.  I write under the Food & Drink category, specializing in gluten-free.  If you are interested in submitting an application, just follow this link.  If you do apply, please make sure to use me as a referral; my examiner number is 15655. 

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Not Your Average Chip

The first place I read about kale chips was on the Kath Eats Real Food blog.  I thought it was a little odd, but I soon saw that others in blog world were trying them out as well. 

I bought some kale last week and thought, what the heck, I’ll try these.  I prepped the kale by washing & drying & removing the stems.   I tore into more manageable size pieces and then spread out on a cookie sheet that I had sprayed with Pam.  I then sprayed the kale with Pam and seasoned with parmesan cheese, a little freshly ground pepper & sea salt.  I baked at 350 for approximately 10 minutes and then let cool slightly.


I cleared my mind and made sure that as I was going to take my first bite that I wasn’t expecting the kale chips to taste like anything I had previously tasted.  I knew if I had a preconceived idea of what they would taste like, I would most likely not care for them.  I took my first bite.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Tasty!  These went perfectly with my ham, Swiss & sriracha sandwich and salad.  I went on to make several more batches for lunch throughout the week.  Super simple to make and healthy, too!

Thanks, Kath, for yet another great, healthy idea! 🙂 

If you have a second, check out my new article on Gluten-free Pizza in Columbus

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Review: Jelly Belly Sport Beans

I don’t know if I have mentioned it here or not, but I am currently training for a half-marathon that is coming up in October.  I have never run in a race before, unless you want to count a 5K walk/run that I did in 3rd grade when we lived in New Jersey.  No worries, I am going to run in a 10K this month to “break the seal” and see what the hoopla is all about before the big day in October.  I started running on & off in the Spring of 2008.  I really started to get more into it in December of 2008 and have never looked back. 

Now that I have been increasing my mileage and running more than an hour at a time, I needed to find some kind of “fuel” to eat before or during my run.  I am a sucker for jelly beans, so when I saw that Jelly Belly made Sport Beans, I knew I had to try them.  All Jelly Belly beans (sports & regular) are gluten-free per a phone call made to the company in June 2009.  Some of the regular beans are labeled “gluten-free”.  I have not seen the “gluten-free” labeling on the Sport Beans yet. 


The 1 oz bag of Sport Beans are only 100 calories and contain carbs, electrolytes & vitamins B & C.  There are 6 different flavors, 2 of which also contain caffeine, if that is your thing.  These are a great, portable product to help keep your energy level sustained during those longer runs or bike rides.