Must Reads: You Can Now Get Kale at Starbucks

If we had to pick, we don’t know if we’d ever be able to choose between getting our fix of caffeine or kale. But thanks to a new partnership between Dannon and Starbucks, we might never have to decide. Starting this week, new green smoothies will be available at the coffee chain. Plus, we found the secret to reclaiming at least an hour a week. Read on to get the full scoop on these stories and others that have caught our eye this week.

Kale Smoothies at Starbucks

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Get Your Kale at Starbucks

Up until now, you may have had to make two stops to get your morning doses of caffeine and kale. But with a new partnership between Starbucks and Dannon, you can now get your green smoothie at the ubiquitous coffee chain. Get pumped to order up a strawberry, mango-carrot or sweet green smoothie — and customize it by adding kale or protein powder.

The smoothies are made from high-pressure processed juice and have no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. The 16-ounce drinks will set you back $5.95 (not bad, compared to the competition!). McDonald’s is also getting into the kale game, and Jamba Juice added the leafy green to its offerings last year. (Yahoo Health)

The Benefits of Yoga

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Reclaim Your Life, One Hour at a Time

If you’re anything like most Americans, you’re addicted to your phone. But as Ferris Bueller once said, you might miss life “if you don’t stop and look around once in a while.” While yoga won’t take away your pain or your problems, it may make it easier to set them aside, even if just for an hour or so on the mat. These tips will help you get the most from your yoga practice and allow you to escape from the outside world for just a bit. (Huffington Post)

Race Training for the Brain

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Race Training for the Brain

Warmer weather is finally here, which means you may be training for a spring race. You’re logging the miles and even doing your core exercises, but are you working on your mind? If not, you might be ignoring a key component of your race strategy. One runner who’s struggled with DNF-ing writes about her mental training, including visualizing the low points of the race so she has the strength to move past them. (Women’s Running)

Saffron Healing Properties

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Spice It Up for Pain Relief?

Not into popping anti-inflammatories for muscle pain? Saffron supplements may be more effective than NSAIDs, according to a small study of 39 men. The research indicates that the spice both prevented muscle pain and increased strength. The male participants, who weren’t previously active, were divided into three groups: those who took saffron, those who took a NSAID and a placebo group. Each group participated in a workout, and those who took saffron reported the least pain afterwards. The jury is still out on women, who weren’t studied. (Wall Street Journal)

Instagram for Recovery

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How Instagram Can Help Heal

While social media can exacerbate unhealthy habits in some, others have taken solace in documenting their recovery from eating disorders through Instagram. Different from “thinspiration” or “pro-ana” posts promoting disordered eating, these accounts show the hard work that goes into recovery. We’ll double tap to that. (The Atlantic)

What Comes After Couch to 5K?

After crossing the finish line of your first race, it’s natural to get hooked and want to tackle more. Even though it may seem like everyone you know is training for a marathon, that might not be the next step for you. Here are some ideas for what to take on next. (FitFluential)