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5 Lifestyle Changes To Make Before I Turn 55

Next week I will be celebrating my 55th birthday and as always around this time of the year I starting thinking of the changes that I need to make in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

Five of those lifestyle changes include:

drinking more waterNOPE;

drinking less alcoholNO WAY JOSE;

getting more sleepNEVER;

exercising moreNOT GONNA HAPPEN

and last but not least

eat more veggiesYES YES YES!  

I love my veggies especially fresh collards and kale!

eating healthy


If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, Kale is an awesome Superfood, one that my grandmother cooked almost every Sunday, or at least twice per month.

On the other Sundays or during the week it would be either collards or cresses, which to this day, I have never seen a “cresse” in the grocery stores.

I normally don’t use much seasoning except for maybe a smoked turkey neck or wing, onion and a little bit of sugar, which is why I decided to try this Greens & Kale Seasoning Mix by Concord Foods.  Chicken broth is also good to add to the pot of water for more flavor but it’s not necessary.

seasonings for collard and kale greens

The sodium content is extremely high at 320 mg so I didn’t use the entire pack. When cooking Kale, make sure to thoroughly wash the leaves in the sink or in a deep bowl then tear away the stems from the leaves.

wash greens in a sink or deep bowl

I love fresh sweet onions but chose to use several pearl onions as they were in refrigerator – TIP: peel onions under the stove’s exhaust fan turned on low to keep from crying.  I also forgot to add some minced garlic but a few teaspoons are great to add on top of the kale once the water starts to boil.

use fresh onions when cooking kale

In a large pot, bring 3 cups of water and smoked meat (optional) to a boil.    Add diced onions, garlic and seasoning.  Pour in a few teaspoons of sugar which is also optional and stir.

add kale to boiling water

Cover pot and simmer on low heat, turning occasionally for about 2 hours or until kale is tender, add more water or broth as needed.

add hot sauce to kale

Sprinkle Red Crushed Peppers or Frank’s Red Hot Sauce on top and enjoy.

I need a little spice added to my healthy greens, how about you!

Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger

Don’t forget to tune into Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger on Sunday at 6 – go over to the side bar for the link.  

We will be discussing Social Media Etiquette for Boomers

Be safe and I’ll see ya next week!


Asparagus, Cherry Tomatoes and Cheese Omelette

Easy like Sunday morning is how I like my breakfast on the weekends.  I am always rushing out the door Monday through Friday with a Breakfast Bar in one hand and a Smoothie Shake in the other. 

So on the weekends, I like to take my time to not only make but to also eat a healthier breakfast.

Two weeks ago, was one of my unscheduled Saturdays so I took full advantage of it to make this asparagus, tomato and cheese omelette.

Saturday morning breakfast

Using just these few ingredients:

6 Grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
6 tips of asparagus
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Seasoning Salt

ingredients for an omellete


Coat the pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat.  Add the asparagus, cherry tomatoes; saute and stir until the asparagus and tomatoes are fairly soft, about 4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.  olive oil cooking spray asparagus and cherry tomatoes

Wipe pan clean with a paper towel then coat once again with cooking spray.

add eggs to heated pan


Whisk together the eggs and milk in a small bowl; pour mixture into pan allowing it to set, then add asparagus, tomatoes and cheese to one side of egg.  While the omelet cooks, lift the edge to allow the uncooked egg to flow underneath. When most of the egg is cooked, sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.

omelette ingredients

Allow the cheese to melt slightly, then fold in half and serve.  

What is your favorite weekend breakfast?

fold over eggs for omelette