Monday, August 1, 2011

Swiss chard and strawberry spinach smoothie

I have rarely posted to beetsuite this summer, being occupied with gardening and garden construction. This chard smoothie is a sample of the results of my hard labour.

Swiss chard
Strawberry spinach

                                            Yield: 1 cup, approximately

6 fresh chard leaves with stems, each leaf about the size of your palm
1 handful fresh strawberry spinach stems
6 stems fresh mint
1 Kiwi fruit
¼ cup aloe vera juice
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1. Pick chard, spinach and mint fresh from your garden. Clean the garden produce by washing  outdoors in fresh water, thus leaving any livestock, such as ants and spiders, outside to continue their work.

2.  Slice or tear chard leaves and stems into 5 c. (2 in.) chunks and place them in a blender.

3. Remove leaves and seed balls from strawberry spinach. Add them to the blender. Discard stems.

4. Remove leaves from mint stems. Discard stems. Place leaves in blender.

5. Peel Kiwi fruit. Slice into rounds and add to blender.

6. Add aloe vera juice and olive oil. Blend on 'High' until the ingredients are pureed.


Barry said...

I applaud your courage to maintain a garden. It has been a challenging year for weather. Just returned from a week of perfect weather in Waterton Lakes National Park. Hoping for a repeat in Yosemite next month.

Barry said...

Your garden looks wonderful. Anyone who has successfully grown anything in Calgary this year deserves a special award. My daughter keeps a small herb garden and the taste of fresh herbs would convince anyone the alternative is unacceptable and far too expensive. Kudos to you. As always, your recipe and accompanying photos are outstanding. Keep up your great work. Glad you are enjoying your summer.