This delicious Swiss chard smoothie combines a vibrant leafy green with mango, banana, and coconut for a tropical, nutritious drink.
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Anyone else having a hard time eating veggies lately? Not only has it been difficult to make veggie-centric meals due to our infrequent grocery store trips, but lately all I’ve wanted is comfort food.
Still, I’ve been experimenting with more frozen vegetables (check out the Roasted Frozen Broccoli and Roasted Frozen Brussels Sprouts!) and trying to use fresh veggies right away after getting home from the store. And when I’m really in a rut, I turn to smoothies as an easy way to get my greens in!
I invented this Tropical Swiss Chard Smoothie during one of my experimentations with veggie-based smoothies over the past few weeks. Chard isn’t as popular as spinach or kale for smoothies, but it’s just as nutritious!
Plus, chard’s slightly bitter taste helps to cut the sweetness of fruit in smoothies. That’s why I paired it with banana and mango, two of the sweetest fruits, in this recipe. The final result goes down real easy!
Expert Tips for Swiss Chard Smoothies
- You can sub other tropical fruits in this smoothie, such as frozen pineapple or the frozen tropical fruit blend from Trader Joe’s. Whatever you have on hand!
- This Swiss chard smoothie recipe works great with fresh or frozen chard.
- For some added protein, add some plain or vanilla Greek yogurt.
- Other possible additions include a dash of vanilla extract and/or lime juice.
- If you purchase a bunch of Swiss chard at the store, it will probably be too much for the recipe. I recommend using about 2 to 3 cups of loosely packed chard. The more chard you use, the more bitter the smoothie will be, unless you add more fruit. Keep this in mind while grocery shopping…maybe frozen is a better option for you.
Can you use Swiss chard stems in smoothies?
Chard stems are edible and can be added to smoothies, but keep in mind that they can contribute a bitter taste. Instead of blending them with the greens, you can save them for a fun decorative touch (like I did in the photos here).
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Tropical Swiss Chard Smoothie
- 2 to 3 cups chard leaves - loosely packed
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango - add more for a sweeter smoothie
- 3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup almond milk - or milk of choice
- Water - as needed
- Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
- Possible additions: plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (for more protein), pineapple, lemon or lime juice. You can also use a mix of chard and spinach for a milder taste.
- This smoothie works with fresh or frozen Swiss chard.
- Chard stems can be blended into the smoothie, but this can make it bitter. I like to use them as a decorative “straw” for serving instead.
Happy sippin’! – Lizzie