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Spicy Sausage and Kale Baked Ziti

A simple, healthy lunch or dinner ready in about 30 minutes. This healthier baked ziti is the perfect comfort food and is perfectly spicy.

Spicy Sausage and Kale Baked Ziti // Natural Chow // #healthy #recipe #lunch #kale

I’ve only had traditional baked ziti once, and it was straight awful. Granted, I’ve never been a huge fan of tomatoes or the retched sauce they make from it, but still. 

I haven’t been brave enough to try making it myself until my sister made some other kind of pasta dish the other day <without any tomato sauce>. And it actually tasted good. It was that moment when I knew I had to try to make my own version of baked ziti—without the sauce.

So I started tossing things together: sausage, noodles, kale, roasted garlic, etc. Well, actually that etc. is just cheese. Because what’s a pasta dish without cheese. A LIE, that’s what.

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15 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

15 Healthy Smoothie Recipes // Natural Chow // 15 simple, quick, and healthy smoothies to start your day out right! #smoothie #healthy #recipe #loseweight via @margaretdarazs

Sometimes, finding a healthy smoothie recipe that ACTUALLY tastes good can be a challenging task. So today I put together a list of healthy smoothie recipes from some of my favorite bloggers to give you the inspiration you need to crank up that blender. 

For the longest time, I gave up on trying to make smoothies in the morning. I didn’t think they would give me any kind of energy, would take FOREVER to make, and would require to buy loads and loads of produce every week. 

Boy, was I wrong.

Not only are smoothies quick and easy to make, they provide some of that much-needed energy in the mornings. 

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Crispy Kale Chips

Perfect, crispy kale chips ready in just 35 minutes! These great potato chip alternatives couldn’t be easier to make and are impossible to stop eating. 

Crispy Kale Chips | Natural Chow #kale #healthy #snacks #vegan via @margaretdarazs

Me and kale have a LONG history.

I started out hating it. I mean really hating it. Shoving into my pants pockets at the dinner table so I didn’t have to eat it. Hiding the bag of kale in the back of the pantry (somehow I always got found out). Taking the kale out of my mom’s cart when she wasn’t looking.

But now that I’m older and my tastes have changed, my relationship with kale has blossomed. I add it to just about everything (except PB&J sandwiches) and I love it. 

One of my favorite ways to prepare kale is to bake it until it’s nice and crispy. It’s a great way to get in some greens! I could snack on these guys all day long they’re so delicious. 

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Coconut Pomegranate Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Simple, healthy, easy-to-make chia seed pudding topped with pomegranate seeds, chopped chocolate, and shredded coconut. This chia seed pudding is healthy and has so much flavor!

Coconut Pomegranate Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding | Natural Chow #superfood #healthy #recipe #coconut #chocolate via @margaretdarazs

Oh my gosh, you guys.

I did it. I went a WEEK without chocolate.

Not even a little nibble. Not even when I really wanted to shove loads of it into my face. I’m telling ya, my self-control was pushed to THE limit. So I decided to celebrate with this bright and super healthy chia seed pudding. 

While I was doing this whole “7-Day Chocolate Free Challenge,” I really noticed a difference in my eating choices. Breakfast went from oatmeal with brown sugar on top to scrambled eggs with fresh blueberries. So I guess it helped me gain a little perspective on abstaining from what I usually eat on a regular basis.

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Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie

A sweet, tropical smoothie that’s perfectly creamy and flavorful. Indulge in the flavors of summer anytime of the year with this easy, 5-minute strawberry piña colada smoothie!

Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie | Natural Chow #smoothie #healthy #pinacolada #summer #beverage via @margaretdarazs

In case you were wondering—yes, this is the best smoothie ever.

Usually it takes me a couple of tries to find the secret combo to the most simplistic yet most flavorful smoothie. 

That’s why I was so darn surprised when I blended this baby up and the first sip was love in my belly. Because I did A LOT of things differently with this smoothie than I’ve ever done before.

I have never *loved* smoothies to the point where I would make them everyday if I had an unlimited supply of ingredients. Therefore I don’t make smoothies everyday. Heck, I hardly make smoothies every week!

But, holy moly you guys. This. Smoothie. I would make it every day if I could. Once, you take a sip, you’ll understand.

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