As you know, I’ve been making a lot of smoothies lately, but green smoothies were born out of necessity for me. If I didn’t know how to use a CSA veggie, into the Vitamix it went. But my smoothie tastes are a little more discerning these days. And I’m learning to actually prepare many of the CSA vegetables that I didn’t know what to do with a year ago. I don’t normally post my smoothie recipes, because most of them are random. But when I create a memorable smoothie, I grab a pen and my notebook to jot down the ingredients and proportions before I forget them. This smoothie is a keeper.
It features Swiss Chard, which provides that lovely green color and a host of health benefits. Swiss Chard is jam packed with nutrition. It is an excellent source of vitamins C, E, and K, carotenes, chlorophyll, and fiber. (In fact, just one cup of Swiss Chard provides you with 14.7% of the daily fiber requirements.) For additional information on the nutritional benefits of this amazing vegetable, look here.
But if you’d prefer a summary, Swiss Chard contributes to:
- A healthy immune system
- Bone, lung, and heart health
- Cancer prevention, especially colon and digestive tract cancers
- Regeneration of glutathione, one of the most important antioxidants in the body
- Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
- Kidney protection for diabetics
If that list doesn’t convince you to try this smoothie, then maybe the creamy, tropical taste will.
Green Mango Coconut Smoothie
- 2 c. So Delicious Coconut Milk unsweetened
- 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
- 2 tsp. spirulina
- 3 drops of stevia
- 1 c. mango chunks
- 1/2 c. pineapple chunks
- 3 large Swiss Chard leaves
- 1/2 c. ice
Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed. Placing the ice in the blender last will help push the Swiss Chard down to the blades. Blend until creamy. Serves 2.
- I use unsweetened coconut milk to eliminate cane sugar, but I’m sure the So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk would taste…well, delicious.
- Spirulina is a sea vegetable that provides an extra dose of protein, but it is purely optional.
- Spinach would be a great substitute for Swiss Chard as it’s a silky leaf with a mild flavor. (But do you really want to miss out on all of the goodness that Swiss Chard has to offer?)
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What are your favorite smoothie combinations? Please share, I’m feeling adventurous!