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Swiss Chard Berry Smoothie

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Let me tell you about my baby weight woes.

Let me just say, I have not had anywhere near the issues that some women have. While pregnant with James, I gained 35 lbs, which is on the upper end of the healthy range. I then produced the most perfect little boy this world has ever seen (and no, I’m not biased), and was left with 25 lbs to lose. Over the course of about a year, I lost the weight doing various things like P90X (I lasted a month), running, and cutting calories. At about a year, I got back down to my pre-baby weight of 110 lbs. I wanted, however, to get back to my academy weight: 108.6. Two pounds shouldn’t be that hard to lose, right?

Ha. Ha ha ha. Ha.

Now, I’m not talking hundreds of pounds here. But when you’re just over 5 feet tall, one pound looks like 10. So when I say that this was affecting my self esteem in a major way, I absolutely mean it.

The irony of it all was that I wasn’t even really trying to get down to 107.8 lbs. And it all started with my teeth.

At 24 years old, my wisdom teeth decided to make an entrance. Literally. So, off I go to the dentist, who says, “Yeah, your wisdom teeth needed to come out yesterday. What’s the earliest we can get you in?”

I vaguely remembered that my friends in high school who needed their wisdom teeth removed drank smoothies, ate ice cream, and were in tremendous amounts of pain. This made me decide to try green smoothies, because if I couldn’t eat my veggies, by God, I’d drink them.

As a side note, if you can stomach it, don’t let them put you under when you get your wisdom teeth pulled. I stayed awake for mine, and I thought the experience was oddly fascinating.

After my surgery, I get home, and hang out with my husband and mother-in-law. Tim whips me up this drink (I told him exactly what to put in), and when I say that you really can’t taste much of the “green”, I mean it. I won’t lie and say that it’s completely eliminated, but I think it won’t be nearly as good if you left out the greens.

For this recipe, especially if you are new to green smoothies, I recommend Swiss chard or spinach; it’s lot easier to mask. Kale, arugula, and lettuce can be used as well, but you’ll taste it a lot more.

 

Swiss chard Berry Smoothie

3 cups Swiss chard, rinsed and chopped

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 apple, cored and chopped

1 orange, peeled and segmented

Water as needed

1. In a blender, add together the fruit, and put the lid on. Use the “Crush Ice” mode until the berries are roughly chopped, then add the Swiss chard. Blend until smooth.

Pour into a pretty glass, and enjoy!

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