Goodness! How can we be entering the final week of January already? I only have one smoothie recipe for you today, but if you like those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, this Chocolate Orange Green Smoothie will probably be right up your alley! 🙂
Now, since starting the January Smoothie Challenge, I have learned a few things.
First – You can pretty much use ANY type of fruit, and your smoothie will taste just fine!
Second – You can pretty much use ANY type of green, and your smoothie will taste just fine!
Case in point – Rainbow chard was on sale last week, so I picked up two big bundles of it, and have been using this as my green for all Week 4 smoothies. And (spoiler alert!) all the smoothies have tasted great 🙂
I suppose Swiss chard is a fairly neutral green anyway, but still – don’t be afraid to use any green you’d like, spinach and kale are not the only two options! Also, I always add the stems to my smoothies (if you have a high-speed blender like a Blendtec, getting the smoothie smooth should not be a problem). This adds a good amount of fibre to the drink and once the fruit has been added to the mix, you won’t taste any bitterness at all.
One more note – I usually add chia or flax seeds to all the smoothies. It’s a great and simple way to add additional fibre, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients to your diet, just a tablespoon or so does the trick!
- Serves: 1 smoothie
- Serving size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 218 cal
- Fat: 4 g
- Saturated fat: 0.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 47.4 g
- Sugar: 24.8 g
- Sodium: 205.7 g
- Fiber: 10.2 g
- Protein: 5.6 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- 90 g (1 cup packed) rainbow swiss chard (or any other green)
- 1 cup water (or coconut water)
- 1 banana, chopped into pieces and frozen
- 1 small mandarine orange
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- ½ tbsp dark cocoa powder
- Blend together the swiss chard, flax seed, cocoa powder and water until smooth.
- Add the orange and banana and blend again, until smooth.
Make sure at least one piece of fruit is frozen, if you want a cold, thick smoothie.