Johannesburg, South Africa
Green smoothies and juices can be less than tasty on your palate but they are so good to nourish your body. My children will not eat cooked greens so juices and smoothies are the only way I can sell these superfoods. But make it sound more exciting like calling it a monster or hulk smoothie. Chances are you will be more convincible.
I did not know the difference between swiss chard and spinach so here is a little definition. They are both dark leafy green vegetables that are both loaded with beneficial nutrients. These veggies have a similar taste and texture, but there are a few minor nutritional differences. To add to confusion swiss chard has for the longest time been sold to us as spinach here in South African. Swiss chard has the long curly leaf with a thick celery like stalk where as spinach has a small flat round leaf with a thin tender stalk. Most seed packets will be labeled as swiss chard but will have you thinking it is spinach.
This is one of the first recipes I will be sharing from my collab with Munching mongoose. When I saw that there will be pears, swiss chard and lemons in my box I knew that a smoothie was bound to happen. Read my review on this great company here.
Bananas and apples are staples in my home and mint grow in my garden so there was no need to buy anything else.
Remember to wash fruit and vegetables thoroughly to ensure that they’re 100% free of contaminants and to get rid of pesticides, parasites and any other nasties that might be lurking on the skin of your fresh produce, simply spray, then rinse and enjoy. I like to use Greenman Fruit & Vegetable Wash.
I first juiced the chard, lemons, apples, and pears and then added it to my Nutribullet to turn it into a smoothie by adding the banana. You can also do the same by adding avocado to your smoothies to make it thicker and smoother. I love my Nutribullet but don’t always like the texture that the apples have when they are not juiced. And my children really don’t like any ‘bits’ in their smoothies.
To make a great smoothie you need to balance the sweet, bitter and sour tastes. The mint and lemon give lovely tones of freshness and the apple, pear, and banana makes it really sweet. Just make sure to add enough water so the smoothie is not too thick. And ice is so important, there is nothing worse than drinking a thick, warm smoothie. Hope you enjoy it and start drinking those greens.
Press the apple, mint, pear, swiss chard and mint through the juicer.
Add the mint before hard fruits to get most juice and flavour out.
Now blend the juice, banana, and ice in the Nutribullet to make a smoothie with a thicker consistency.
Serve and drink straight away. The smoothie can separate quickly.
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