In honor of kale week I’ve been starting every morning with a delicious kale smoothie. If you haven’t tried kale in smoothies I don’t blame you for hesitating. It sounds strange, and once upon a time I crinkled my nose at the thought. But nowadays, green smoothies are my fuel and my energy and I hardly let a day go by without one! :)
If you are new to green smoothies the best green to start with is spinach, because it is so mild and you won’t taste it when it’s combined with fruits. After you get used to the idea of green in your smoothies, step it up a notch and experiment with kale, swiss chard, dandelion greens and any other kind of green you can get your hands on.
If using kale, the best kale for smoothies (in my opinion) is the Lacinato (aka Dino) Kale. It has a softer leaf and it blends up really well. Even if you are using a simple blender (like moi!) you can get a nice consistency with Dino kale. Of course the designer blenders like BlendTech and VitaMix will pulverize anything.
I start with about 4-5 kale leaves. Strip the leaf from the stem and bunch them up into the bottom of the blender. Add whichever protein powders or supplements you are using (if any). These days I am using a combination of the following:
Hemp protein powder (vegan protein), Green Vibrance powder (similar to Amazing Grass–it is full of nutritious greens like wheat grass, dandelion, spirulina, etc.) and aloe vera juice. If I add these supplements to my smoothie I can really taste them, and they are a bit of an acquired taste. So if you want just a basic delicious sweet smoothie I would start without supplements or protein. Also, smoothie + protein keeps me full for hours and is pretty much a meal replacement. A green smoothie without protein will only keep me full for about 2-3 hours and is more of an energy boost.
Add almond milk, fresh pineapple slices, 1 pear, and 1 c. sliced frozen banana. Blend on high until fully pulverized. Add more liquid if needed. Use whatever fruits you have on hand, but the secret ingredient is the frozen banana. It adds a nice creaminess to the smoothie.
Enjoy! I know most people who read my blog already make green smoothies but I thought this would be a fun post regardless. :) I’d love to hear what your interesting smoothie combinations are.
I also went shoe shopping today! And no, not for high heels… although, I wish! I snagged a new pair of New Balance running shoes! I’m super excited because my current running shoes have been really bugging me. I just started getting back into outdoor running recently (after breaking up with my gym) and I’m slowly adapting to the whole transition from treadmill to pavement process. It’s kind of a painful process. Grrrrr.
For one, I have a bad knee (that I’ve had multiple surgeries on) and the pavement doesn’t quite have the shock absorption that I prefer. Secondly, I’m used to feeling the glorious air conditioning, and I live in Florida where the afternoons are in the sweltering high 90s, with a humidity that is even more sufferable. The mornings and evenings are a little better but still pretty humid.
I also have a definite pronating gait, which means I tend to put pressure on the inside of my foot while I run, not giving me the stability and support that I really need. This is another reason that pavement runs are even more grueling then padded treadmill runs.
BUT, I’m working on dealing with all of these things :) And I’m hoping these new beauties and padded air insoles will give me a little push in the right direction. Even if it’s just the motivation of running with pretty new pink sneaks. ;) (I’m such a girl) In the end I settled on a shoe that provides extra stability and cushion to improve my gait and give me the support I need. I also have a wide foot so I had to keep that in mind during the fittings as well. New Balance offers most of their shoes is different size widths to accommodate wide feet.
For all you runners out there I’d love some tips on improving your gait. I’ve read that you can actually work on it, but while I’m running I can’t seem to focus on what my feet are doing exactly… I’m just focusing on getting there! Arrrrg!
Don’t forget to enter my Eat More Kale T-shirt giveaway!
~Peace, Love & Veggies xo