Spicy Chard and Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

Spicy Chard and Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

A refreshing morning smoothie with frozen pineapple and chard. [Photo: Autumn Giles]

This smoothie satisfies all my not-too-sweet breakfast desires with a spicy kick of jalapeño, creamy avocado, a hearty helping of greens, and some tropical flavors to round things out. The end result is a slightly-tart, veggie-packed, green smoothie that doesn't taste too 'green.'

Why this recipe works:

  • More mild tasting than kale, chard blends better as well and lets you start your day with a refreshing dose of greens that isn't bitter.
  • Frozen pineapple chunks provide just enough sweetness to balance out the avocado, chard, and jalapeno.
  • Avocado gives this smoothie a rich and creamy texture and its healthy fats make this more filling.
  • Yield:makes 1 smoothie
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup roughly chopped chard, tightly packed
  • 1/4 cup avocado (about 1/2 of one small avocado)
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh jalapeno
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup plain coconut water

Directions

  1. 1.

    Combine chard, avocado, jalapeño, frozen pineapple chunks, and coconut water in a blender. Pulse a few times on high to break up the pineapple chunks then blend on high until completely smooth and no visible pieces of chard remain, about 1 minute. Serve.