Thursday, May 2, 2013

Swimming Update and Chard (or Kale) with Dates

I have to admit that I'm very proud of myself because I swam at least two times every week for the month of April. This is the best I've ever done with exercising and there are two reasons for my success: (1) I don't hate swimming so its not too much of a chore; (2) I'm trying to be a good role model for my son and show that regular exercise is just something we should incorporate into our lives. Clearly the latter reason is the most important and the one that really keeps my motivated to get up at 5 AM and get in the pool!

I'm definitely getting stronger and gaining stamina. I'm swimming about a 1/2 mile in 30 minutes. My abs, inner thighs, and arms are getting stronger. I just feel all around better. So, yay me!

Chard (or Kale) with Dates
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 bunch chard or kale, washed, de-stemmed, and roughly chopped (I prefer chard)
  • 4 dates, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet. I use a 12" skillet.
  2. Sauté shallot until translucent.
  3. Add chard or kale and stir occasionally until beginning to wilt.
  4. Add in dates and stir occasionally until the greens have wilted.
  5. Finish with salt and pepper, as needed.

This recipe has been shared on Vegetarian Mamma's Gluten Free Fridays, Diet, Dessert and Dogs' Wellness Weekend, and Allergy Free Alaska's Whole Food Fridays.


  1. I like the addition of dates! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope that your week is fantastic!

    Cindy from