Sunday Smoothie of the week: Swiss Chard, Blueberry Protein Smoothie

I know, it’s St. Patty’s Day and I should be featuring a green smoothie but following the rules is never that fun or interesting!

Smoothie ingredients

It’s not the best pic but you can see how deep and rich the color is because of the berries and the purple/red colored chard. Swiss chard has never tasted so good!!

Swiss Chard Blueberry Protein Smoothie

I’ve been drinking smoothies just about every morning and I’m gonna try to start featuring a new blend every Sunday here. Come back and check out the blog at least once a week if you want to see my newest favorite smoothie of the week πŸ™‚

Swiss Chard, Blueberry Protein Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4-5 small leaves of organic swiss chard, stem removed and torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Garden of Life)
  • a couple of ice cubes

Method

  • Place in a high speed blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Serves 1.

Impromptu shopping trip!

Shopping bags

Something wonderful happened!

Shopping bag

Have you guessed what it is yet???

My new Vitamix

I-got-a-brand-new-Vitamix!!!

Travis and I were out shopping at Short Pump Mall last Saturday and after lunch at Firebirds (love their crabcake salad!) we decided to walk into Williams Sonoma. I originally went inside to look at their pepper grinders because mine broke last week and we walked out with about everything but a pepper grinder!

We got a Vitamix 7500…which was an upgrade from the one I had been hinting about. He said if I was going to spend that much money why not spend a little more and get the best one? Love his logic sometimes! We also got some glass jars for storage and for smoothie drinking (they were on sale 20% off). I got a meat thermometer. I can’t believe that I have NEVER owned one! Lastly, but not least, we got an espresso machine. I’m not as into coffee recently and my boyfriend loves lattes and espresso so we have decided to put the coffee maker in the cabinet for use during dinners and family get-together’s and use the espresso machine on a daily basis.

I’ve been dreaming for months of all the possible smoothie combos with kale, apples, raspberries, spinach, oranges, ginger, fresh herbs, lemons, pineapple and of course bananas…now I can make all the concoctions happen!!

Thank you Travis!!!

Spinach, pineapple smoothie

Spinach Pineapple Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 1 large handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 teaspoon flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons or so local honey

Method

  • Put all ingredients in Vitamix in the order listed. Turn dial to smoothie. Pour into large glass and enjoy!

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Ingredients for carrot cake energy bites

I bought a bag of chia seeds a couple of weeks ago and attempted to make a chia “pudding”. I hated it. Not to be discouraged I scoured the web and PinterestΒ and found this recipe. The “carrot cake” flavor was appealing and so was the “energy bites” part…no baking required!

Below are all the ingredients blended up. I found the mix to be a little runny when I scooped it out to form balls so I stirred in a few handfuls of organic fiber cereal (I think I ended up using about a 1/2 cup but I didn’t measure).

carrot cake energy bites in the making

I liked the fiber cereal so much that that I ended up rolling the finished balls in it rather than chopping up nuts. If they had been rolled in pistachios they would have been prettier but they taste pretty good like this!

carrot cake energy bites

I put them into individual baggies in the fridge and guess what!? They are even better cold. My 10th grader ate one the next morning and liked it so much that he ate another one today.

packaged carrot cake energy bites

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

  • 1 cup pitted dates (for me this was 10 mejool dates)
  • 1/2 cup pistachios (I used pecans because it’s what I had)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup pineapple (I used frozen)
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave syrup (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pistachios (optional)
  • Β½ cup organic fiber cereal (plus more for topping)

Method

  • In a food processor, process the dates, pineapple and carrot on high for 30-60 seconds until finely chopped. Β Add the pistachios, chia seeds, flax seed, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and salt and process for another 30 seconds. (My mix wasn’t very firm so I stirred in a heaping 1/2 cup organic fiber cereal) Β Scooping a tablespoon (mine was 2-3 tablespoons) at a time form into balls and roll in extra pistachios if desired. Β Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe from Scaling Back Blog