Friday, July 22, 2011

Swiss Chard Smoothie


Okay, I know what you're thinking.  I've gone off my rocker.  That debate is still open for interpretation though. 

Anyway, there is a TON of swiss chard in this, but you would never be able to tell.  I mean, for one... the color isn't green - but that's due to the addition of certain fruits.  Fruits that help ease me into the realm of "green" smoothies. 

Back in the early weeks of the CSA, we had tons of greens that I kept needing new ways to use up.  And so I decided to delve into smoothie making.  While I'm not completely on the bandwagon with all-green smoothies - I really need the fruit in there! - this was definitely something I can find myself drinking after a weekend of really bad eating.  You know, we all have those weekends every now and then, but downing one of these smoothies just might make you feel a little bit less guilty about it!

Ingredients:


1 bunch swiss chard
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen peaches
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
Ice
1/4 cup orange juice

Combine swiss chard, raspberries pineapple, peaches, and orange juice in a blender.

Add a few handfuls of ice to the blender (this is really up to your discretion) and puree until all ingredients are smooth.

Pour into a tall glass and garnish with additional mint, if desired.


This is definitely one of those feel-good drinks.  I thought the greens would make me not like this, but really, you couldn't even tell.  So a great way to sneak in some healthy greens to your unsuspecting children!  It's not evil, I promise.


What's your favorite smoothie?

Have a great weekend guys!

33 comments:

  1. LOVE! How about if I use it to sneak some healthy greens to my unsuspecting boy friend? Everything but the chard is on the "will eat" list. And he practically lives off of smooties in the summer.

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  2. My daughter would love this!!! She's a smoothies-holic :)

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  3. What a great combination! Looks refreshing and delicious! :)

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  4. Wonderfully health - I'll bet it tastes great too! Thanks for the recipe, I'll be trying it soon!

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  5. Peggy - I think this one would be tasty! What a great way to hide veggies!!

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  6. I haven't tried chard but I use frozen spinach all the time! I tried kale once but it was a little too strong for me.

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  7. Looks so creamy and yummy... Perfect for the summer...

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  8. Wow, what a neat idea! I've heard of green smoothies before, and agree they usually seem a little too "green." I like your addition of fruits. Not only do they add great flavor, I'm sure, but their own wonderful vitamins and nutrients :)

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  9. Great recipe Peggy, I love swiss chard and I can imagine that it blends really well with the fruit, thanks for sharing!

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  10. Sounds interesting. I'll take your word for it on the taste.

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  11. Its become soooo hot these days and your smoothie makes mee feeel refreshing

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  12. Interesting and I love chard....... Have a good weekend. Diane

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  13. You picked the best fruits to disguise the chard in that smoothie! Sounds like a delicious treat.

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  14. How original and looks so tasty; I think you would need a spoon to dring this smoothie. Love swiss chard.
    Rita

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  15. LOL, YES, I did think maybe you'd gone off your rocker, but this must be wonderful with all the yummy fruit!

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  16. smoothies are a great way to de-tox and all the more its a healthy way Peggy. I do this sometimes as it does a whole lot of good to the rest we have been eating in the week, nice.

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  17. So nice of you to visit my place and leaving lovely comment.
    Wonderful smoothie with yummy flavors.

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  18. Peggy....this looks truly wonderful!

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  19. innovative smoothie I haven't had like this

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  20. Innovative smoothie...i liekey..i likey!!! :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  21. I love smoothies which have veg in but you can't tell! This one sounds great.

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  22. My sister is all about adding greens to her smoothies. However, hers end up looking brown or green, not this lovely hue! Thank you for sharing with me, my friend! I hope you are having a relaxing Sunday. As always...this looks delicious (and I'm sure it tastes even better)!

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  23. I'm a recent Smoothie fan!!!!! Thanks for this one! :)

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  24. Wow, that is some chard smoothie I would drink. I am very skeptical of "green" ones! Makes me feel like I am drinking alien blood or something (watched too many science fiction movies and V episodes!). I would gulp this in a minute!

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  25. Talk about creativity...wow! I would have never thought to do that with swiss chard... bravo!

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  26. I wish I had a good blender and I'd have one of these every morning!!

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  27. This is so unusual and refreshing smoothie recipe!

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  28. oh my lordy! i can not believe that flavor!

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  29. Well, this is quite unique! How many people would actually think to add swiss chard to a smoothie!?!?! Good job!

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  30. This sure is very creative, would love to give a try.

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  31. I can make it anytime. Very easy to follow as well.

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  32. I'm SO glad you came up with this. I can't stand Swiss chard and groan every time I get it in my CSA share. Thanks to you, I won't dread it anymore! Thank you!

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