Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Kale Salad with Currants, Balsamic and Parmesan


1 large bunch or 2 small bunches kale, torn into bite size pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice from 2-3 lemons
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup currants or 1/3 cup other dried fruit
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
salt and pepper


Wash the kale well. Those curly leaves can be full of sand. Tear kale pieces off the main fibrous center stem. Add the kale to a large mixing bowl, season with salt, pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Massage with your hands making sure to coat the kale with oil. This will begin to break down the tough kale cell structure.

Grate the zest and squeeze the juice of the lemons over the massaged kale. Add the balsamic vinegar. Add the currants, toasted pine nuts, parmesan and toss to combine. Serve with a pinch of red chili flakes, if desired.