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Kale Blueberry Superfood Salad

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One day last week, I was in no mood to cook anything. Ron volunteered to swing by the grocery store to pick up items to grill. My only request was to bring home some kind of lighter salad from the deli for a side dish. I was shocked when he came home with a kale salad. First of all, shocked that Ron bought anything with kale in it and second that the grocery store he went to had such a thing. Most deli items from that store are mayo with a side of a vegetable. Yuck.

It was love at first taste. I declared that I needed to recreate it. Isn’t real food just so pretty?

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A word about kale – I personally don’t like it raw. I love it steamed, as kale chips and in dishes. But raw….ick. It is rather bitter and tastes like eating grass. Not that I’ve ever eaten grass but you know what I mean. A couple of years ago, I learned two secrets to make your kale taste even better:

1. Remove the stems when you plan on eating it raw, the stems are the bitter part of the plant. I used to always use the stems and wonder why my kale salads tasted ridiculously bitter. Now I just use the leaves and the bitter taste is gone.

2. Massage the dressing into the leaves and let it ‘marinate’ for at least 10-15 minutes or longer. A kale salad tastes best when the dressing has had a chance to soak into the leaves. This also helps soften the leaves which is especially important if you are using the curly variety.

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When I started using these tips, my kale salads went from bitter and hard to swallow to mind-blowing delicious!

Kale Blueberry Superfood Salad
  • 2 bunches of kale, stems removed
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • ½ of red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup Goji berries
  • ½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Place dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together.
  2. Place kale in large bowl. Pour dressing over it. Using your hands, massage the dressing into the leaves for 5 minutes.
  3. Place cucumber, red onion, Goji berries, sunflower seeds and blueberries in with massaged kale.
  4. Using your hands or with a spoon, gently mix.
  5. Place in refrigerator to "marinate" for 10-15 minutes or longer for maximum flavor.

The nice thing about this salad is that you can mix in your own variations of superfoods too. Adding diced avocado, walnuts or almonds, pears, apples or any fresh berry you can think of. Serving it alongside salmon, perhaps? Perfection! 

I think I’ll be eating this salad all summer long.
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Where I’m at right now

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Where I’m at right now.

Hmmm…Good question. Where am I right now?

It’s been 5 weeks since the Boston Marathon and the beginning of my posterior tib tendonitis injury. To say I was devastated about getting a DNF, is a huge understatement. I had so many emotions going through my body that the first week was a blur. I did have one thing on my mind that first week – I need to run another marathon before September so I can try to get a BQ. After a quick search of marathons in New England, I knew that idea was out of the question. There aren’t any!

So I moved on to plan B – I need to run a marathon for myself to see what I can do. I had already committed to doing Saucony 26 Strong and the Chicago Marathon in October. But that marathon wasn’t going to be about me. It was going to be about my cadet, Marina. I was to be her sherpa to get her across the finish line of her first 26.2. After another quick race search, I found a marathon two weeks before Chicago and another two weeks after that are in my area.

Would I be able to do either of those?

Given my injury loving ways, I pushed that idea to the back of my mind.

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So I moved on to plan C – Would Marina be OK with running Chicago separately? There are no rules about us having to run the marathon together, but could I leave her to run alone? I felt horrible for even bringing it up to Marina. I felt like the biggest, selfish bitch. But it was eating me alive – Remember this is also immediately post Boston and I’m hungry for redemption. Of course, Marina was cool with it. She didn’t think we’d run together anyway. Our plan was to see how my training went throughout the summer and then we’d discuss it closer to race day.

So where am I at right now? Well, I’m still not running. My foot is still tender at times. It aches when I’ve been on it too long. There is still puffiness. My ROM, particularly dorsiflexion, while improving, is still not great. Some days I can do eccentric heel drops off a step with no problem. Others, I can’t get my heel past the step. I can’t run across the yard to chase my kids.

Do I think I’ll be able to run Chicago at the pace I want? Today, I say no. While I still want redemption from Boston, I do not feel the urging need to do it RIGHT NOW like I did 4 or 5 weeks ago. Posterior tib tendonitis is a chronic condition, meaning it can pop up at any ol’ time. I’m also blessed to have had Achilles tendonopathy in that same foot, another chronic ailment. With two chronic conditions in the same foot, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. I’ve been told, countless times, that I need to focus on recovering completely from this current ailment before I even think about training for the sort of race I want.

SO that’s really where I’m at now. I’ve gone through the 5 steps of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I’m waiting, wishing and hoping in addition to strengthening every single muscle in my pesky kinetic chain that keeps on breaking. I no longer feel an urgent need to prove anything to myself. It’s time to move on and focus on the present task rather than what’s on down the road.

Like during every injury I’ve had before, I just want to run again.

What’s for Dinner? {Week of May 24 – 30}

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Hey there!

Hope you are all enjoying the long holiday weekend. I know we are doing everything we can to soak in the gorgeous weather and to just enjoy. Weekend time is precious, so I’m just popping in for a quick look at what’s for dinner this week.

Sunday: Grilled Salmon + Kale Blueberry Salad

Monday: Happy Memorial Day! – Cook Out

Tuesday: Honey Ginger Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken Quinoa Primavera

Thursday: Build your own salad or sandwich

Friday: Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowls

Saturday: Chicken Avocado Burgers

What are you having for dinner this week?