The Nature Cure

Yesterday I was in the gym reading some of the random magazines left for us college students and stumbled upon a very interesting article.  It was out of Outside and was called “The Nature Cure.” Basically it was talking about how obsessed our culture is with technology and can’t separate our lives from it.  It actually causes us more stress than we think.  I know I feel this way.  Somehow I feel an obligation to keep my phone by my side and have my nose buried it in whether I am in the car (not driving of course), walking to class, or any spare moment I have.  First of all, this is completely dangerous and second of all, it is so stressful! Honestly, I half-heartedly wish we didn’t have all this insane technology or I just peel myself away from it all.  The article emphasized the fact that we need to spend more time in nature in order to balance our use of technology.  Smart.  I decided to turn my phone off at that moment and finish my workout without it.  Not that I was alone in nature, but not having to keep my eye on my smartphone somehow made some of the stress melt away.

Speaking of working out.  One of the best things (and certainly motivating) is to have a clutch playlist.  I usually use my phone (eh, error and contradiction to what happened above) and use Pandora.  I’m a little over all the popular songs that have been put on repeat on practically every station.  When I did hear this song however, I was so pumped.  Check this music video out.  I absolutely LOVE this song by Lifehouse, Between the Rain Drops 🙂

Ready for another boring dinner of grilled vegetables and sweet potato?  No matter how much I love that combination, I needed to actually try something new.  And boy did it BLOW MY MIND! I had purchased a package of frozen kale at one point and besides using it for icing my legs, it was time to eat it, especially knowing how nutritious it is! Let’s check out the recipe I adapted from here.

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Kale Egg Souffle
~1-2 (I guess based on the recipe it says for one)

Ingredients
5 egg whites (or 2 eggs, 3 egg whites)
1/2 cup frozen kale (defrosted)
~1/3 cup cheese (mozzarella & feta)
Seasoned salt & pepper
1/4 onion (diced to the best of your ability)
1/3 grape tomatoes (sliced to incorporate or in the souffle)

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Directions
1. Set the oven to 400F and use coconut oil to grease a 10″ ramekin or dish of your choice.
2. Take a bowl and whisk the egg whites together.  Add in the kale, cheese, seasonings, and onion.
3. Place it in the oven for ~35-40 minutes or until set.  Let it cool on the stove for about 5 minutes and enjoy.

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I don’t know if I didn’t eat enough throughout the day or what, but I was still quite hungry, so adding some extra protein would be super smart.  I ended up snacking on some fruit, chocolate chips, and leftover ice cream instead. Intelligent decision? I’m not sure. Satisfying? Sort of. 🙂

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Now that I tried this souffle, I’m thinking of putting my finger to the test at a real souffle. 🙂 What do you think?  My grandma Nance is BRILLIANT at this and we even made a cheese souffle together, but I have never made one on my own.

I do have a medley of recipes I am looking forward to sampling this weekend or at least in the near future!  So recipes and some outdoor excursions are on my list of things to do this weekend.  Or rather list of things to enjoy 🙂

What’s a new recipe you have tried lately?

“We cannot do everything at once but we can do something at once.”
– Calvin Coolidge

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12 thoughts on “The Nature Cure

  1. New recipe I’ve tried? Some pretty awesome date cookies that I can’t take credit for 😉 But my mom and I are working on coming up with some more healthified desserts this weekend. And I need to start practicing my smoothie making, although I’m still having trouble with that one.

    • Let me know what you come up with! Yes, I’m not great at smoothies either. Always too much sugar, not enough oomph. And I’ll try to think of more ways to use dates (in a sneaky way) 🙂

      “Keep Calm and Carry On”

  2. I agree that sometimes too much technology can be detrimental. I definitely try to “unplug” from time to time and it always leaves me so refreshed after!

  3. I find the whole technology issue very interesting. I grew up before cell phones so I don’t quite understand the texting attraction. On the other hand, I am very tied to my email and my computer. I am most concerned with how connected to technology my kids are, because books were so important to me as a kid. And, you are right, we all need to keep connected to nature. 🙂

    • It is quite upsetting but I have tried to bring reading back into my life. I am making an effort to read each night before bed and it seems to be very enjoyable. There is a lot that reading provides and some forms of technology do not 🙂

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