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Swiss Chard Smoothies recipe and lesson plan

Swiss Chard Smoothies recipe and lesson plan


  • 2 bunches local Swiss chard
  • 2 bags frozen strawberries
  • 2 bags frozen blueberries, and/or peaches
  • 6-8 bananas
  • 1 large container of yogurt
  • 2-4 cups apple juice or milk
  • Ice (optional)
  • Honey (optional)


  1. Wash the Swiss chard.
  2. Using a plastic knife or your fingers, remove the stems from the Swiss chard leaves. Cut or tear the leaves into smaller pieces. Place the leaves in a large bowl.
  3. Peel the bananas. Using the plastic knives, cut the bananas into chunks. Place them in the large bowl with the Swiss chard.
  4. Measure one cup of yogurt and add it to the large bowl.
  5. As a group, decide which frozen fruit to add to the smoothie. Add two cups of fruit to the large bowl.
  6. Take the bowl of ingredients to the teacher’s station.
  7. Add the ingredients to the blender with one cup juice or milk. Blend well.
  8. Taste it! Add honey and/or ice if needed and reblend.

The lesson plan includes step-by-step instructions for cooking this recipe in the classroom, curriculum connections, and related books to read.



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