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by Liren Baker

Liren Baker is the voice behind the blog Kitchen Confidante, where she shares taste and inspiration in the kitchen. Inspired by the beauty of food, what it represents, what it invokes, and what we can create out of it, she shares recipes and images that remind her of her heritage, her childhood in New York, and the vibrant culinary culture she has learned to embrace in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently lives.

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  • Like many of you, I have started the year with good intentions. Now that we are well on our way to paving our healthy road to fitness, if you're like me, you are doing your best to fit in as many good for you nutrients during the day. One can only eat so many salads, so one of my favorite ways to keep things healthy is by drinking mine. A salad in a glass. When you put it that way, it doesn't sound terribly exciting, but how can you resist this brilliantly hued blackberry green smoothie? Hidden within this fruity, frosty treat, are good for you baby kale, chard, and spinach. And it tastes amazing.
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  • Sweet from plump blackberries, a whole banana, and frozen pineapple, this smoothie is my go-to after a hard work out. It's the perfect drink to help rehydrate and renourish. And it bridges that gap between meals. So keep up the hard work! You're well on your way to a healthy year, and that's something we can all raise a glass to!

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  • Blackberry Green Smoothie

    Makes one smoothie

    3/4 cup vanilla almond or soy milk
    1 cup kale, baby spinach, or chard leaves (or a combination)
    1 ripe banana
    1/2 cup blackberries
    1/4 cup frozen pineapple

    Place the the almond/soy milk, mixed greens, banana, blackberries, and pineapple in a blender in this order. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.
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