Fresh fruit and veggies are feeling good right now. Like many, after the holidays (the cold weather and the dark skies) I am ready for a cleanse. Somehow in the last few months, chocolate, baked goods, and salty snacks have become a much more frequent ingredient in my daily consumption than I would prefer. And my body is definitely expressing its concern.
I am motivated to make a change, and inspired by fellow bloggers on the detox bandwagon, I have been experimenting with smoothies. Ever since I saw this great recipe on Joy the Baker I have been playing with my own combinations of greens with fruit and juice, greens with fruit and almond milk, etc. Yesterday I created the Orange-Greensicle Smoothie, which basically tastes like an orange creamsicle without the cream. It is delicious!
So, as I embark on a weekend cleanse, I share this recipe with you for a quick smoothie treat. I promise it will not disappoint!
1 handful chopped raw swiss chard
3/4 c orange juice
1/2 large banana
4 frozen whole strawberries
1/2 c water
1/2 t vanilla extract
Pack the swiss chard into the bottom of a blender and add the orange juice. Blend starting on a low setting and advancing to the highest setting until the chard is thoroughly chopped.
Turn off blender, add banana, strawberries and vanilla and blend again moving from a low to high setting.
Lastly add in the water and mix one last time.
Pour in a glass and enjoy!