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I was rushed today when I tried making this smoothie so I ended up following the recipe pretty closely, for once.




.5 cup yogurt
1 tbsp peanut butter
.5 cup frozen blueberries
.5 cup pineapple
1 cup kale
.5 cup water



  1. Put blueberries into cup extremely carefully because they stain everything and you don’t want to ruin your shirt. Wash hands immediately.
  2. Put in kale, maybe? And then pineapple? Oh, the can has juice. It’s close enough to a half a cup. Guess you don’t need water!
  3. Cup is full. Blend.
  4. Add yogurt and as much peanut butter as possible because you do what you want.
  5. Your BEST! friend insists on tasting it first. “It tastes like plants,” he assesses.
  6. Taste. Something is missing. Try it again. It’s all right.
  7. Hours later, your friend reads blog over shoulder and insists on being called “best friend.” Edit post.

Filling and yummy – can’t taste the kale – but I can’t help but feel like something is missing in terms of taste. I still can’t put my finger on it. I’ll try making this again in the future and I’ll do it a little differently. In the meantime, if you have any suggestions on things to add, subtract, or modify, please let me know!

UPDATE 27APR14: Thanks for all the suggestions! I made this again recently with frozen banana. I liked it a lot better that way. But there’s still an underlying acidity in the aftertaste – not sure if it’s the pineapple or the blueberries. Next time I make it, I’m going to try leaving out the pineapple and see if the acidity is still there.

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I bought a blender for three reasons:

  1. I don’t have enough veggies in my diet and have to trick myself into eating them.
  2. Smoothies are tasty and filling.
  3. I’m too lazy to cook actual meals like a grown-up.

I get inspiration from recipes I find online, but I can barely even follow simple instructions with basic measurements. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. So my smoothie-making process looks something like this: scour Pintrest for recipes, buy those ingredients, throw them all together in the blender, and hope for the best. This is why I’m terrible at cooking and baking.

Here is the first of what I hope will be a series of hilarious blender trial-and-errors.

Green Banana



1 cup spinach (raw)
1 cup kale (raw)
1 banana
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 cup almond milk
1 cup Greek yogurt
Pinch of cinnamon


  1. Peel banana. Desperately want to eat it by itself. Exercise willpower. Sadly break banana apart with hands and drop it into blender.
  2. Throw in the yogurt, peanut butter, and almond milk after it.
  3. Stuff in as much spinach and kale on top as you can, breaking the leaves apart if need be. Add cinnamon. Make sure there is room for the blender blades. I didn’t consider that beforehand.
  4. Blend.
  5. Have a sip. Tastes pretty good, mostly like banana.
  6. Notice the cup is only maybe two-thirds full.
  7. Stuff some more spinach and kale in there.
  8. Blend. Taste. Little thicker and tastes less like banana. Cup still has some space.
  9. More spinach and kale! And almond milk so it’s not so thick.
  10. Blend. Taste. Okay, that’s enough greens. Enjoy.
A full cup, after blending and adding more greens a few times

A full cup after blending and adding more greens a few times

Like I said before, this tastes mostly like banana with hints of peanut butter and cinnamon, despite it being super green. It’s a sneaky way to eat more veggies, and spinach and kale are very good for you. The sneakiest part is that you’re eating a lot more greens than you would if they were just on a plate in front of you because they take up so much less space once they’re chopped up in the blender. It’s like a concentrated shot of healthiness, one that you can’t even taste. This makes me feel like I’m hacking at life.

I’ve made this three times now and I’ve found that the most important ingredient is the banana. As long as the banana:greens ratio is right, it’s going to taste great. This smoothie is filling, tasty (despite it having kale, which is not even close to tasty), and has a huge margin of error, all of which is ideal for someone like me. And, all in all, I think it’s under 400 calories. It’s hard for me to say because I freestyle with the ingredients so much. Even so, 400 calories is not a lot for a meal, and this smoothie definitely fills you up like a meal. I’ve had it for both lunch and dinner.

Not bad for my first try! If you try it, too, let me know what you think – especially if it’s your first experience with kale!

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I used to be heavy. Not obese, but big. I was in my third year of college; I was “working out,” and by that I mean going on the elliptical once in a while and working up a sweat; I was eating and sleeping like garbage; I was also stressed and miserable and treating everyone around me poorly. Of all those things, I thought my weight was the one thing over which I had the most control. It’s been a roller coaster ride – a lot of ups and downs – since then, but overall I’ve dropped 30lbs and almost 15% body fat. I’m still a work in progress, but I’m happy with how far I’ve come!

Disclaimer: I’m not a nutritionist, coach, or doctor. I can’t tell you what to do and what not to do. I’m just someone who likes to eat healthy and lift some weights. But I see so many people in whom I see the person I was when I first got started – nervous, insecure, motivated, just in need of a little direction, guidance, and support – and I want to share my story with you in the hopes that you find it helpful in working toward your own goals. All I know is what I did and what worked for me. I think it’ll work for you, too, if you try (and try, and try, and try).

This is four years (!) of work, making mistakes, and learning. So, if you get anything at all out of this post at all, please be patient with yourself and look at things in a larger perspective. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you’re not going to lose it overnight, either. Nothing worthwhile happens immediately or without a struggle. A few positive decisions every day is what makes big changes in the long run!

four years

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If you’re interested in starting a healthier or fitter lifestyle but don’t know where to start, here are a few basics. If they seem super obvious, it’s because they are. People tend to start looking for drastic and uncommon explanations for their problems before nailing down the fundamentals. And, although these are simple and straight-forward, I know that doesn’t necessarily make them easy to accomplish. We all struggle with one or more of these, but they’re still important and worth giving some extra consideration.

This image appears on tumblr every now and again. I love it. Whenever I feel like I’m going astray, I always come back to these four essentials.

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