Blueberry Kale Power Smoothie

by Jennifer

I’ve been getting back into running lately. I’ve continued to go on runs on and off since graduating high school with the goal of general fitness, but recently I’ve made a hobby out of it. I’m keeping track of times and distances, seeing how long, how far, and how fast I can run. Since entering college I’ve taken yoga classes, ab/core workouts, and even taken up kickboxing for three months. However, I think my favorite thing about going for a run is that I can just lace up my sneakers and go. No need to go to any gym, meet up with anyone, or show up at a certain time. I get a free hour and a half in the middle of the day, and I go for a jog around the tree-lined Vilas neighborhood past the zoo and Lake Monona. I’ve found that smoothies are my favorite thing to eat, or rather inhale, when I get back. This is another one of those “recipes” that’s more just an idea and a list of suggestions. Additionally, I’m pretty approximate in all my ingredient amounts, so feel free to play around with the measurements and make it however you like. Also, I know so many people who turn up their nose at the idea of kale. DON’T. It’s amazing and slips seamlessly into so many dishes. It’s perfect for thickening up a smoothie and the end result is still sweet and creamy. If you still are turned off by the idea of it, google some of its benefits. Then try to come back and tell me you don’t want to turn into a superhero, because that’s pretty much what happens.*

*this may or may not be a hyperbole

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Ingredients:

  • spoonful of peanut butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of agave (maple syrup would also work, and if you are not vegan feel free to use honey)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed
  • 3/4 cup soy vanilla yogurt (again, my non-vegan readers can feel free to substitute regular yogurt here)
  • splash of almond milk (or regular milk… you get it)
  • HUGE handful of kale

Blend away! Make sure to refrigerate leftovers, which you will definitely have.

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