Lemon and Garlic Kale with Sesame Seeds

I had a nice long four day weekend and honestly, I am not ready to get back to the normal grind. But, non adulting today isn’t an option today and I am happy to be sharing two new recipes with you this week plus a workout. Stay tuned!

Last Thursday I hit the open road with my husband on a work trip for his company. Our final destination was Sioux Falls, South Dakota but we had a few stops on the way (we live in Eau Claire, WI). We stopped at three different gyms in three different cities on Thursday alone with our final gym visit Friday in Sioux Falls. So naturally, I now want to be a gym carney. I had so much fun visiting multiple gyms, meeting the owners/managers and getting to workout in a new place! Is it weird to put Gym Carney on my vision board?

Let’s chat about what we ate while on our mini road trip because that’s what really matters. When it comes to any sort of plans or outings food is always the first thing on my mind and planned. I knew we would be stuck in the car and needing convenient, eat in the car, none messy foods. I ended up packing a bunch of protein bars, shakes/protein powder, fruit, and almond and peanut butter packets. One of the best parts about thinking ahead and packing snacks and mini meals is that we only had to stop for gas and to pee (I have a bladder the size of a pea). We didn’t have to buy any shitty gas station snacks to get us to our next meal. Not only did we save some money, we saved time and were fueling our bodies with high quality ingredient snacks!

We ended up eating out three times in the course of two days and even though I kept it relatively clean, I was still very pumped to get back to some home cooked meals! Eating out doesn’t have to be detrimental to your healthy lifestyle. In fact, so many restaurants have changed up their menus to offer healthier options. Our first stop I kept it really simple and got a grilled chicken breast with a side of asparagus. We ended up getting nachos as an appetizer (I only eat the chips with no cheese) so I wasn’t all that hungry. We then had dinner that night with a friend in Sioux Falls and I order a Bison Burger with no bun, sweet potato fries and a side of cooked veggies. When eating out I always go for the protein first and I try and stick to the leaner meats on the menu. Once I have the protein picked out I scan the sides to see if they have any vegetables and if I want a starch I generally go with sweet potato fries, baked sweet potato or baby reds if the menu has them. If the menu doesn’t have any of those starches as options, I always ask for two servings of the vegetables to keep me fuller longer and skip out on the starch. Just remember when eating out, you do not have to go balls to walls and completely derail from your progress. You can still enjoy a nice night out with great food when choosing cleaner, healthier options!

I have been on a kale and cauliflower kick lately. This recipe is the perfect side to any dinner. Enjoy!

Lemon and Garlic Kale with Sesame Seeds


  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 tblsp avocado oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Fresh squeezed juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tblsp roasted non salted sesame seeds
  • Dash of sea salt


  • Place a large skillet on the stove over medium high heat and add the avocado oil. Once the pan is hot, add the kale and stir occasionally.
  • Once the kale is halfway wilted, add the garlic, lemon juice, sesame seeds and salt. Mix well and continue cooking and mixing until all kale is wilted.
  • Serve immediately.

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