Garlicky kale and spinach omelets are the perfect breakfast pick-me-up – filled with vitamins, proteins and a great flavor to keep you going all day.
I don’t want to be one of those lame people who touts the benefits of exercise and gets in your face about it. If you don’t want to exercise, you won’t. It will take an eye-opening experience for a person to realize how good exercise makes them feel. For me, saying “I’m going to run” and hitting the road did NOT work. I’d run for five minutes, feel winded and give up. It wasn’t at all motivating and I wasn’t happy when I was doing it. Even trying to get others involved wasn’t a working tactic for me, I needed something else.
So I joined a summer field hockey league with some parent friends from my daughter’s team. Just to give some background on how nervous I was at our first game, let me tell you that I’ve only played one sport in my entire life. 6th grade softball. I had no real skills or experience to speak of and only had a few hours of practice under my belt for our first game. But now, I am addicted! It is such a rush and really has motivated me to do more, exercise-wise. I still hate running – it’s just so boring – but I want to be on top of my game and conditioned, so I do it. It makes playing more fun later.
Proper nutrition – or at least eating the right things pre-game – is definitely something I need to keep me energized and full. Countless google searches and research let me to find a few “superfoods” that are great for athletes – ha! Calling myself an athlete is hilarious. One such superfood that is sooooo beyond trendy is kale. Stop your eye-rolling, since I’m sure you all did! But really, kale is where it is at. It has a bunch of vitamins, plus protein and fiber. It’s nice and bulky, so it leaves you feeling full but not heavy. Light on your feet, perhaps.
I won’t go over the ways in which to properly prepare kale, since it’s not a “new” vegetable. But I’ll give you this kale and spinach omelet recipe, which is easy and delicious. I saute my kale for a bit before adding it to the omelet to take out some of the raw flavor. And if I’m going to saute, I’m going to add a bunch of garlic. Garlic is a must!
Loaded with kale, lots of spinach and a sprinkle of some good quality cheese, this omelet is perfect for the athlete in your home.
- 1 Tbsp. butter, divided
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 small bunch kale
- 1 small bunch spinach
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- Heat half a tablespoon of butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add in the garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add in kale and cook 1 to 2 minutes until it wilts. Add in the spinach and cook an additional 2 minutes. Remove to a plate.
- Heat the other half tablespoon of butter in the same pan. Add in the eggs. Once they begin to set, place the kale, spinach and cheese on one side of the eggs.
- Once the eggs have cooked and are no longer liquid, carefully fold the empty side over top of the kale-loaded side. Press down slightly. Allow to cook for an additional minute or two then remove carefully to a plate.