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Written by Rachelle Fordyce on August 15, 2012 – -
by Heather Gardner
Juicy peaches and crunchy chard are in abundance right now, and we like nothing better around here, then to blend them up, kick back, relax and chug down that chlorophyll!
Here’s the nutritional low down on the health benefits that peaches and chard have to offer, as well as a couple of delicious green smoothie recipes using these tasty and nutritious ingredients!
Peaches are one of the juiciest and tastiest fruits we know. Just eating them makes us feel like life is peachy!
Peaches have only 68 calories each, 89% water composition, and are high in fiber and potassium.
Vitamins in peaches include C and B3, betacarotene and small amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zinc.
The ancient Chinese claimed that peaches were a longevity food.
The anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals in peaches are why they are said to be good for beautiful skin, eyesight, and detoxification and the fiber is very beneficial to the digestive system.
Swiss Chard is jam packed with nutrition! It is an excellent source of vitamins C, E, and K, carotenes, chlorophyll, and fiber. In fact, just one cup of Swiss Chard provides you with 14.7% of the daily fiber requirements.
The health benefits of Swiss Chard contribute towards:
A healthy immune system
Bone, lung, and heart health
Cancer prevention, especially colon and digestive tract cancers
Manufacture of glutathione, one of the most important antioxidants in the body, and helps the liver to detox.
Regulating normal blood sugar levels
Kidney protection for diabetics
1 cup strawberries (leave the green tops on)
sliced and pitted
1 frozen banana
4-6 leaves of chard, roughly chopped
1 cup of fresh orange juice or coconut water or spring water
Put the fruits at the bottom then the greens and add the liquid.
Blend and serve.
2 cups papaya
1 handful of chard, roughly chopped
Pit and slice your peaches and put them in the blender. Peel them too if they aren’t organic. Juicy peaches work the best!
Peel the papaya, place the flesh in the blender and a teaspoon of the seeds.
NOTE: You can dehydrate the remaining seeds and grind them up to add to other smoothies later! Papaya seeds are great against parasites.
Peel the orange with a knife, leaving as much pith (the white stuff), on as possible as its very good for you. Take out all the seeds as they taste very bitter and squish the orange with you hands to juice it a bit and add it all to the blender.
Lastly add in the chard or greens, roughly cut.
If the fruit was very juicy you shouldn’t need to add any water unless you want to.
Blend it up and glug it down!