"Swiss chard leaves contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including kaempferol, the cardioprotective flavonoid that's also found in broccoli, kale, strawberries, and other foods. But alongside of kaempferol, one of the primary flavonoids found in the leaves of chard is a flavonoid called syringic acid. Syringic acid has received special attention in recent research due to its blood sugar regulating properties. This flavonoid has been shown to inhibit activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. When this enzyme gets inhibited, fewer carbs are broken down into simple sugars and blood sugar is able to stay more steady. It makes sense to think about chard as a vegetable whose flavonoid phytonutrients are unique and may offer special benefits for blood sugar control." (source http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=16 )
This is the variety I used in the smoothie.
Image of chard was taken from http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=swiss+chard&id=81B1BD13A6F9417E374CE5FCE1D05967155EFFE3&FORM=IQFRBA
I used a combo of fresh organic Amish peaches and some frozen store bought peaches. The key is using enough peaches to make this smoothie ultra delicious. I think peach and chard are a perfect marriage. By using some frozen bananas as well as fresh bananas you can achieve a wonderful velvety texture. Give it a try!
Peachy Chard Smoothieby Elizabeth @ rawlivingandlearning.blogspot.com
4 large leaves of Swiss chard, including stems
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used my key limes from our tree)
1 large fresh peach
10-12 oz bag frozen peaches
6 bananas, 3 frozen/ 3 fresh
2 soaked medjool dates, pitted
1 cup water
Blend till creamy and thick in a high speed blender. Enjoy!
Makes 7 servings.
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for deep sleep.