Boy oh boy, is having a toddler fun! I do not work on Mondays, so this week we went to the beach to build sand castles and play in the water. We also ate a little sand and by we I mean, Mason! After hearing, “Mommy Yucky” I am pretty sure he is not going to do that again. Here is a picture of my little guy growing up so fast:
After getting back from the beach, Mason helped make our snack, Swiss Chard smoothies with pineapple and bananas. This smoothie and my tropical green smoothie have been my favorite ones to date! Don’t get me wrong, I like them all though. With summer here and getting an overabundance of greens from our Crop Share Agreement (CSA) I am sure I will be making many more smoothies and salads, so stay tuned.
I have forgotten to provide health benefits as of late. I promise I will get better about it. With promises being promises, Swiss Chard is second to spinach in an analysis of the total nutrient-richness of the World’s Healthiest vegetables. To read more detail, here is a great link on the nutritional benefits of Swiss Chard and other vegetables (NOTE: According to this site and WebMD, if you have prone to kidney stones or gallbladder problems read the individual concerns section and/or talk to your physician before making this smoothie):
- 2 C Swiss Chard, tough stems removed
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Banana, frozen
- 2 C Pineapple, frozen
- 1 Grapefruit, juice
- 1 C Carrot/Mango, juice
- 1/2 C Water
- 4 Dates, soaked in water for 15 minutes
- Soak dates in 1/2 cup of water for 15 minutes (you can skip this step if you have a high powered blender).
- Add dates, water, Swiss Chard, grapefruit juice and carrot mango juice to blender. Mix for 1-2 minutes until a smooth juice forms.
- Scoop out the flesh of the avocado and add this to the blender in addition to the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth (will take another minute or two).
- If mixture is too thick add some additional water or juice. If too thin add some more frozen pineapple.