Stinky Veg

Hi guys 😀 It’s me againnnnnnn. 😉 How’s your night goin? I’m so glad ya’ll like the pasta primavera recipe- totally appropriate for this time of year!

I have a confession to make…


Kale is stinky.

Not just “put some deodorant on” stinky, but “haven’t-been-washed-in-two-weeks socks on a haven’t-bathed-in-two-weeks man” stinky.


It’s one of the very few veggies that has to be disguised for me to like it.

Either in raw chip form:

kale chips

Or raw massaged salad form:

kale salad (2)

I’ve also found that organic kale is less rank than the conventional version, so I will usually only make kale goodies after a Whole Foods trip (Valdizzy doesn’t have organic kale).

This afternoon, I decided to make use of both bunches by putting some raw kale chips into the dehydrator (the standard recipe is found here– I change it up a little though)

kale chips (2)

And making a massaged kale salad for lunch.

Super easy.

In a bowl, I put 1/4 avocado, 1 T rice vinegar, 2 t nama shoyu, garlic powder, sea salt, pepper (don’t be afraid to be generous with the seasonings), juice of 1/2 lime, 1 t extra virgin olive oil, cayenne and 1 t agave.


I mashed everything together with a fork:


And topped with 2/3 bunch of kale (ribs removed and saved for green juice and leaves torn into large bite-size pieces), a sliced carrot and 8 sliced grape tomatoes.

kale salad

Next was the fun part: massaging the kale. Hubba hubba 😉

You just use your hands to move the kale around the bowl, squeezing and making sure the dressing is evenly distributed. This takes about 3 minutes of so. Next, I like to let the kale stand for about 10 minutes so that the acid from the lime juice can break it down a little (giving it a “cooked” feel).

Topped with hemp seeds, it was pretty glorious.

kale salad (2)

What’s your favorite stinky veg???

Mine is broccoli, by a landslide 😀

egg and salad

(with 3 egg whites, onion, half a jar of 365 hot salsa –not joking- and a salad)

Any veggies you have to disguise to enjoy??

I used to do it with cauliflower all the time (mashed potatoes!), but now I love it raw 😀

Hope you all have a great night- I’m about to snuggle up with the puppers and watch the DWTS premiere.



Workout jam of the day: “Imma Be” by the Black Eyed Peas. I know it’s been around for a while but I’ve been singing it all weekend (and on Twitter- sorry guys, haha) and can’t. get. it. out. of. my. brain.

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  1. Jenny on March 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I lurve to disguise my veggies… with hummus, guacamole, in Indian cuisine;) I’ll take ’em any way I can!

  2. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on March 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Haha I once made kale chips, put them in air tight containers (or so I thought) and put them in the pantry. I forgot about them and a week later my roommates were like ‘WHAT SMELLS SOOOO BAD!?!?!”

    They never figured it out but I threw those chips away in an instant.

  3. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on March 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I love myself some veggies, I actually have more of a problem eating fruit than getting my greens in. However I do love me some good salad dressing as well – especially oil & balsamic and will use that to dip almost anything.
    Is there a reason you dehydrate your kale chips instead of cooking them or do you just like them better that way?

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm

      it’s because dehydration keeps all of the enzymes and nutrients alive 🙂

  4. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on March 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I love broccoli too!!! So good!!! I love veggies….I don’t need to disguise them. 🙂

  5. Sarah @ See Sarah Eat on March 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Cauliflower is mine! Every time I steam up a batch, my husband says “What smells like butt?” Nice.

    I don’t have to disguise anything, but I tried kale once in a smoothie and didn’t care for it. Perhaps that’s one to work on!

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2010 at 8:33 pm

      kale is NOT GOOD in smoothies. it tastes like shoe.

  6. Lauren @ eater not a runner on March 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Brussel sprouts are my fav stinky veg!! My coworkers always complain about the smell when I bring them for lunch!

  7. Midgetkeeper on March 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    The only veggie I’m really not a fan of is radishes, but I’ll still eat them. With dressing or lime juice.

  8. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on March 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I roast cauliflower – I actually just did some tonight – until it is insanely crispy!

  9. Heather (Where's the Beach) on March 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I love cabbage and I think that’s certainly a stinky veg (or it can be).

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      yes, cabbage is pretty stanky

  10. Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) on March 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t like raw spinach, but if it’s hidden in a smoothie or cooked into lasagna then I’m all for it!

  11. Jen on March 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I definitely have to disguise kale too! I just made some kale chips last week – i usually make them in the oven for the quickness factor because i am new to the dehydrator thingy, so I often forget to prep my meals long before i want to eat them! But, this time I did them in the dehydrator – holy crap, so much better! They look green and vibrant instead of brown and lifeless…and for some reason, taste better :). But, yeah – I can’t eat kale plain – yucky!

    I love spinach, but I still disguise it a lot in smoothies…

  12. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on March 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Mmm i want to try those kale chips!! I actually like most veggies, can’t think of one I have to disguise to enjoy…

  13. Madison on March 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I think brussel sprouts and cauliflower are pretty stinky. Also if you are not careful, cabbage will stink up your house.

    I have a question for you. I know you eat fish and you often cook it at home. Does your house smell fishy too for a whole week? After I cook fish on the stove top, my place is so fishy, I want to fall over. Do you have any tips on how to prevent the process of cooking fish from stinking up my place. It’s not so bad when I cook it in the oven but than I don’t get that nice sear on it. Is there like some trick to it, like put lemon juice or something. I am just throwing ideas out there. I love fish but this problem has prevented me from eating it more often.

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2010 at 9:08 pm

      i usually cook fish with some kind of citrus, then put the used citrus down the garbage disposal. it pulverizes it and makes the house smell better. also, i’m a candle fanatic. the ones from bath and body works work the best (for me, at least) 🙂

  14. Kelly on March 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Ok, one your title of this post scared me for a minute because I totally thought is said Stinky something else. Haha then I went back and read more closely.

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      hahah i would never 😀

  15. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place on March 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I love broccoli, too! I don’t really think there is a veggie out there I don’t like. I probably wouldn’t have said that when I was younger, though

  16. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on March 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    It’s funny– everyone talks about the stink of kale, but I just never smell it in mine! Maybe because I always buy it organic?

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

      thats probably why. the conventional stuff is horrible

  17. Nicci on March 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I’m so ready to try some Kale this weekend. I forget everytime I make my grocery list…won’t forget this time.

  18. Danielle (Coffee Run) on March 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever noticed Kale’s stank. My favorite (rank) veggie is definitely broccoli 😀

  19. Jenny on March 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I have yet to try kale! Even the stank won’t stop me (hopefully)..I don’t like eating cucumbers by themselves. They either have to be in a wrap, on a salad, or slathered in hummus 🙂

    I just “rediscovered” Imma Be this week too! I was so excited when you tweeted it earlier!

  20. fittingbackin on March 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Massaging the kale! LOL you crack me up! My favorite stinky veg is broccoli – love it but it’s not a great smell. 🙂 I have to disguise lots of stuff – beans, veggies, etc. in soups and casseroles – not a big fan of them standalone!

  21. LisaG on March 22, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I think the stinkiest veg is kimchi, but i guess its a mix of veggies. Not real sure.

  22. Catherine on March 22, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I have to disguise zucchini and eggplant… I love baba ghanoush & zucchini breads, etc, but I just can’t eat either plain!

  23. Heather (Heather's Dish) on March 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    broccoli and i are exclusive. ok, maybe not, but i love the stuff! next up: cauliflower 🙂 SO GOOD! i like kale chips too – i’m hoping to save up for the dehydrator in the near future 🙂

  24. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I gotta say, I haven’t had kale in a form that I’ve loved, but i LIKE it ok…

  25. Karyn on March 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    i figure that if i’m going to have to disguise a veggie to eat it then i’m just not going to eat it, no matter how much of a powerhouse it is haha.

    and i freaking LOVE that song. it makes me want to dance every time i hear it 🙂

  26. Dynamics on March 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Broccoli. I do not really disguise it but dice it up raw and put in my salad. The big pieces are gross and cooking it is even worse.

  27. Bridgette on March 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    OMG…I love Kale, I think Broccoli stinks worse than kale but it’s all green 🙂 and good for you so eat it all up!

  28. Allie on March 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    i am so glad i am not the only one who eats half a jar of salsa on top of her meals!

  29. Allison @ Food For Healing on March 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    I have yet to try kale. And i love broccoli and cauliflower, they smell tasty on your breath, but i still love them

    • Allison @ Food For Healing on March 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      Oops. I meant, NASTY on your breath haha

    • Fitnessista on March 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      hahah i think they smell tasty on my breath. ok, not so much 🙂

  30. Katie Davis @ Pop Culture Cuisine on March 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    broccoli is totally mine too and my hubby complains and hates it everytime I cook it!

  31. kate on March 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I have a hard time eating cauliflower raw – Im all about the faux mashed potatoes though!

  32. Leesa on March 23, 2010 at 12:07 am

    kale is stinky?? i buy organic and put 2 bunches in my morning smoothie daily and don’t think it has a scent?! maybe once you cook it?? hm

  33. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on March 23, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Hey Gina, kale looks great and just read your opensky issue/question…I posted about this last week and the consensus I had from my readers was that it was lame. I admit, I feel the same way. Why would someone buy a $50 blender let’s just say from me, when they can get it for $40 on Amazon. Or even if it’s the same price or cheaper from me, it would take extreme loyalty for a person to forego amazon, ebay, or other online shopping outlets to buy from a blogger. It’s simple math…people want a deal and i dont actually think opensky has deals, ive seen $8 bags of flax seeds that are $2 in the store type of thing. Anyway write me more if you want to chat about it, but I discussed both open sky and formspring (i dont want to drop a link in here) but it was my post on March 17. And a follow up on the 18th and why i wont ever be doing either.

    Great question!

  34. Jennie {in Wonderland} on March 23, 2010 at 5:42 am

    For some reason, I prefer raw veggies to cooked [always have, even as a kid, which confounded my Mom, ha ha – maybe it has to do with the creamed corn my Grandmother always tried to feed me???!]. My favourites are broccoli [try this recipe: from Kristen, it’s AMAZING, especially with hemp oil – but I consider it about 6 servings, not the 3-4 she indicates], cauliflower, spinach, romaine or red lettuce, etc.

    I really loathe kale and can’t eat it – it tastes like death in a smoothie.

    My favourite workout jam of the moment is All I Do is Win by DJ Khaled, and I AHHHHHHHHHHHH! All I do is win win win no matter what….

  35. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on March 23, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I love dark, leafy greens- kale, spinach, swiss chard….but only cooked. I do like spinach in GMs and Kale Chips… but in general I have to cook them up with just a hint of EVOO, s&p and I’m all good =D


  36. Claire (College:Raw) on March 23, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I LOVE raw kale. It’s terrific with some Asian dressing and dried cranberries. I also love broccoli too, but I have to disguise it to eat it raw. Cooked is much better.

    I don’t have to disguise spinach to eat it, but I LOVE salsa on spinach. I’m the same as you; give me all the salsa you can get!

  37. Neena on March 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Brussel sprouts have been my bane…but I’m learning to love them. I can’t think of a veggie I don’t like. Love them all. Also, new at yoga, so I don’t know all the names, but I love the relaxation pose at the end…:-)

  38. Emily N on March 23, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I have to slightly disguise brussel sprouts. I have tried eating them raw…nasty:(

    Oh, and I tried broccoli fries from Whole Foods last night. The first ingredient is broc followed by some dehydrated potatoes. I thought it was yummy…the SO thought it was nasty at first, but they grew on him (especially with some sweet chilli sauce for dipping.) Best part, they are 20 cals a serving and have some of the nutrients of raw broc! I think you should try some time!

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

      whoa!! are they in the hot bar? i’ll defniitely try them out next time i’m in orlando

  39. Krista on March 23, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Stinky veg = asparagus, but I adore it! Other than that, I don’t really have to disguise any veggies….mmmm…..maybe eggplant.

  40. anna on March 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I just ate an entire bunch of kale for lunch! It was organic from Whole Foods too! Lightly sauteed/steamed in a pan and topped with nutritional yeast (makes it SO good). Kale is definitely a fave stinky veg!

  41. Dominique on March 23, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Roasted broccoli is my fave but I never really thought it was smelly until someone else mentioned it on their blog. I think it might have been Heather from HEAB. I brought a bunch of roasted broc to work today until and yep, I nuked it in the micro to heat it up before I ate it. It stank a little but tasted delish!

  42. Tiffany on November 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Oh my gosh! just made this salad, so delish! I found precut bags of kale at trader joe’s – I’ll definitely be going back soon to make this again. yummm!

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