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Kristy Marie: Healthy Cheat Treats


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When committing to a healthy eating lifestyle, it can sometimes feel as though all of the “tasty” foods are out of our reach.  Chips are out. French fries? Yeah, right!  For those of you who are struggling to stick to your New Year’s resolutions of eating right, here are a couple of my favorite cheat treats. But there are in the other side healthy products that could help you clean your system like the ultra pure turmeric by direct naturals.

Before you reach for that bag of chips at the supermarket, head for the produce section instead and pick up these two delicious vegetables: kale and rutabagas.

For those of you who have no idea what a rutabaga looks like, fear not. That happy round purplish white vegetable tricks the check-out person almost all the time.

Follow the recipes and pictures below to help you stay on track with those eating goals.

Kale Chips

You’ve probably seen these in the store and it’s likely you strayed away because they charge almost $8 for one small package of these delicious snacks.  This easy recipe will keep your wallet, body and mind completely satisfied.

What you’ll need:

  • Two bunches of fresh kale
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cut the thicker portion of the stalk out of each leaf of kale. They are hard to bite through.

3. Chop the kale up and rinse well.


4. Toss the kale in a bowl with salt and olive oil until well coated.


5. Spread over a cookie sheet.


6. Put the kale in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly crispy. Be sure to spot check every 5 minutes because kale has a tendency to burn.

7. Take out, let cool and enjoy nutrient-dense chips.


Rutabaga Fries

This is the most exciting cheat treat for me! You wouldn’t believe how tasty they are. I would choose these over French-fries any day of the week. If only more restaurants prepared them!!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 Rutabagas
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Spice of your choice (We use Jamaican jerk seasoning)
  • Salt


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Rinse the rutabagas and cut into the shape of french-fries.


3. Place fries into a bowl.


4. Melt coconut oil over stove top

5. This next step needs to be done quickly to avoid having the coconut oil harden.  Pour the coconut oil over the fries and stir in seasoning and salt. Mix well until all the fries are coated.

6. Pour fries onto cookie sheet.


7. Bake at 400 or at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until crispy.

8. Take out, let cool and enjoy the low-carb version of a French-fry.


These two enjoyable snacks are just a couple of the ways you can make healthy eating fun. Hundreds of other ideas like cauliflower mashed potatoes or cauliflower taco shells are available with a simple recipe search online. Eating well and losing weight go hand in hand. Stay on track. The older-you will be thankful you did!

Kristy Marie has spent the last 15 years of her life dedicated to health. Kristy studied at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and received her Bachelor's degree in Communications. After graduating and traveling abroad she rediscovered her passion for writing, and has learned to make the distinction between looking healthy and being healthy. With a philosophy embedded in nature, she believes readers will find different methods with which to heal their bodies and minds and energize their lives.


  1. I can’t wait to make your rutabaga fries. I’ve been looking for a snack like this. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I’ll try those rutabaga fries and let you know. I’ve made kale chips and love them. Sometimes I use dill weed or tumaric on them.

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