Rainbow Chard Smoothie

What is better than spinach in your morning smoothie? (No, the correct answer is NOT “everything.”)

RAINBOW CHARD. It’s beautiful, and it blends perfectly into a Green Monster! If you want to read all about the amazing phytonutrients it has to offer, you can do so here, or you can just skip over that, grab a handful, and toss it into the blender with some frozen bananas and almond milk and whip up one of these beauties. Isn’t everyone trying to have a healthy start to 2011?

I’m sure you’re dying to know about the thrilling New Years Eve Mike and I had, because we’re such live-on-the-edge party animals.

The day started at about 1 PM with coffee on the couch. I had been up since 7, but Mike is taking full advantage of his week off of work and returning to his nocturnal tendencies.

We’ve been thinking about moving a little further down the peninsula, so we jumped in the car and drove down El Camino Real (Hwy 82), which goes from the Southern end of San Francisco down into San Jose. We didn’t have any particular destination in mind…just wanted to check things out. But of course when we saw this, we had to stop!

Not only because we needed to replenish our supply of tahini, but also because we can never resist Middle Eastern food. Which would explain why we seek it out everywhere we go, including in Bangkok and on our honeymoon in Italy. It’s an obsession, but at least it’s a decently healthy one.

The store had pretty much anything you’d ever want for Middle Eastern cooking — bags of zaatar, containers of labne, huge bottles of olive oil, a bunch of bread, all sorts of beans, grape leaves, cheese, and spices. There was also a halal butcher shop and deli. We ordered a falafel plate and zaatar bread to share.

The falafel was just okay and the tabouli had too much onion, but I LOVED the hummus and baba ghannouj!

The bread was pretty good too. As soon as the guy working saw my camera come out, he brought us a spinach pie on the house, which was really good, but we devoured it before I took a picture.
Mike, who is obsessed with any and all beverages, was excited to try a new soda we’d never seen before.

It tasted kind of like a blue raspberry Icee, and I loved it! Apparently it’s originally from the UK and is made with grape, blackcurrant, and raspberry. Deeelish.
Although there are a couple tables in the deli, I don’t recommend staying to eat if you’re not okay with seeing a whole lamb get butchered while you’re eating. Just a warning.
Mid East Market
1776 El Camino Real
San Bruno, CA 94066

After that we drove around Burlingame and Millbrae a little bit and realized we’re really happy in Daly City, so I think we’ll be here for awhile. You just can’t beat the cheap rent and short BART ride into San Francisco. It helps if you really like fog…

We were planning on going out for Burmese food in the city, but our super late and filling snack made us re-think that, and we ended up sitting on the couch watching the last season of Mad Men until I decided it was time to go to bed at 10 PM. Try not to be too jealous of my amazing life!

It was kind of nice to wake up without a hangover on New Years Day for the first time in at least 5 years! Which brings us to this smoothie, which I enjoyed while putting together PowerPoints and lesson plans for next week at school. I’m ready to be back…I miss those crazy 8th graders!

1 frozen banana, cut into 1″ pieces
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop protein powder of your choice (soy, hemp, etc…)
3 Tbsp carob powder
1 Tbsp instant coffee
2 tsp chia seeds
2 tsp flax seeds, ground
4 large rainbow chard leaves, rinsed, dried, and roughly chopped

Optional toppings: cacao nibs, bee pollen

Combine the banana, almond milk, carob, coffe, chia, and flax seeds in a blender, and blend for about 30 seconds. Add the chard leaves and blend until smooth. Serve topped with bee pollen (unless you’re vegan) and cacao nibs (if you like).


7 Responses to “Rainbow Chard Smoothie”

  1. 1 Ally January 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I have never tried rainbow chard…usually just do kale or spinach!!! I will be drinking a ton of these smoothies for weeks to come. Here’s to a healthy 2011!!

  2. 2 Kris | iheartwellness.com January 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    What a great blog doll!!! I love the pics and love the feeling we have of being with you on your day 🙂

    Sounds like a nice late start to a day and a day full of fun!

    Mmmm I love any smoothie with frozen bananas, they add such great substance to the bevy!


  3. 3 Joanne January 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I didn’t drink or go crazy on New Year’s either and honestly, I think I had a better time because of it! I would love to check out that market for all of the awesome loot. Sigh. I need to seek one out here in NYC.

  4. 4 Lew (ashandlewplus2.com) January 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I love your Smoothie.. I hope all is going well with you..

  5. 5 peabody January 4, 2011 at 7:00 am

    I make a smoothie every morning. I always forget about swiss chard. I always fall back on kale and spinach. Will need to give that a try.

  6. 6 Brigitte January 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I knew that was bee pollen on top! I can spot it from a mile away. I’ve been reading your blog a lot lately and really really enjoying it! I hope we get to see you three next month! Talk to you soon!

  7. 7 WordyDoodles February 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    This was the first thing that popped up when I searched for ‘chard smoothie’! And it looks amazing. I never would have thought to throw instant coffee in there. I’m going to try this in the AM. Thanks!

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