Chard, a relative of the beet plant, is ridiculously easy to grow here so we grow a lot of it. Kale is just as easy to grow but kale is cheap to buy by the pound at the store. Chard, on the other hand, is expensive. I have no idea why. I actually prefer chard over kale. I love the slightly sweet and earthy taste. It’s great raw and cooked. Keri and I mostly use it in our green smoothies but also as a substitute for spinach when making lasagna or Easter pie. Since we ate out for lunch today we decided to have smoothies for a light yet filling dinner. Pic and recipe below:

Green Smoothie with chard.

Green Smoothie with chard.

Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 5 to 6 leaves of chard
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsbp hemp protein

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend at highest setting until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes two large servings.