Green Smoothies – Week 3

Since we were on vacation last week, we are running even further behind.  We are still doing it though, and for the most part it is going really well and we aren’t missing any days.  So… for more info check out Simple Green Smoothies and keep reading.

This week we introduced another green… Swiss Chard.  Technically we got “Red Chard” but I don’t know if that would make a difference.  This was our first foray into the world of chard, and so far Dr. Google hasn’t told me if those things taste any different.  So far… I don’t think I’m a huge fan.  This was the first week where it tasted like we were drinking a plant… and there is some tart metallic taste that I don’t particularly care for.

So… if I were you and you were trying this week’s recipes…

  1. Get the right chard.  Not sure how much this will change… but if you are going to do it, do it right.
  2. Try drinking from a straw.  This helps… but I don’t always have straws at hand.
  3. Try half chard/half something else.  Maybe kale.  Kale was good.
  4. Substitute the chard all together.

I’m not writing off chard and neither should you… I’m just not going to enjoy it in smoothie form from this point forward.

Another lesson learned this week… Peel the apples.  Much like carrots they don’t ever become real smoothie consistency and you end up with chunks of apple skin.  They aren’t nearly as bad as the carrot chunks, and maybe a super high powered blender would help, but you know that there is apple peel in your smoothie.  Now… this is one of those time consuming steps that makes this challenge sort of a pain in the ass… but this is totally optional and personal preference.

The last issue with the challenge this week…. maybe we are just over-buying frozen fruits, but my freezer is FULL of partially used bags of frozen fruit.  I appreciate the variety, but I have strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, mixed berries, etc.  I even have multiple bags of some of these fruits because we are terrible at checking before we go to the grocery store and I’d rather have too much than too little.

Let’s focus on a few fruits and go from there, K?  Maybe some fruits that are in season so we don’t have to get bags of frozen peaches and pass up the eleventy-billion apple varieties that have invaded my grocery stores.

This week I wasn’t sure about the theme… it seemed apple-y.

  • BANANA RAZZMATAZZ – This is the first green smoothie that made me feel like I was drinking green leafy things.  I don’t think I’m a fan of chard… it is too strong of a green-y flavor and has a metallic tang to it.
  • SOUTHERN SWISS – I was afraid to try another chard based recipe but it wasn’t the chard in this one I didn’t like, it was the coconut oil.  If you aren’t used to having a lot of coconut oil in your diet… use less.  This left an oily feeling in my mouth that I didn’t love.
  • APPLE BERRY PUNCH – Hey!  An apple smoothie in apple season.  Score!  It was really good… chard and all.
  • GREEN GRANNY – This was pretty tasty, but the apple peels didn’t fully… um… smoothify?   New word.  Also… this gave us a much needed break from chard.  I vote yes!
  • PUMPKIN DRAM PIE – I was a little fearful of this one to be honest… a pumpkin smoothie?  I mean I love pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie… but drinking a pumpkin in smoothie form seemed crazy to me.  It wasn’t scary, but it wasn’t my favorite either.  I would drink a pumpkin based smoothie again, maybe not this one, but something with pumpkin in it.

For Part 1 of this adventure, please check out my post here.

For Part 2 of this adventure, please check out my post here.

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photo credit: “Rainbow Chard” by looseends licensed under CC BY 4.0

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