Friday, January 28, 2011

good fuel = productive day

You know you’re a food nerd when you wake up to a text message containing a photo of a kale smoothie…


…which inspired me to make my own smoothie this morning. Because I used up all the kale in stock during my recent experiment, I decided to try another leafy green…swiss chard.

swiss chard

Naturally, I had to play food detective to get the details on this colorful stemmed leafy green:

  • from the chenopod family (also includes beets, spinach, and quinoa)
  • contains at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants that have detoxification and anti-inflammatory properties
  • may assist in blood sugar regulation
  • good source of thiamin, folate, zinc, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, B6; riboflavin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.

I have to say that my smoothie {which also contained an apple, banana, 1 T of almond butter, and 1/2 c. almond milk} was pretty fantastic.


I felt super energized after drinking it…or maybe it was the yoga session right before? Regardless, it was good, and you should make it. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in extra servings of vegetables and fruit, too.


Good nutrition helps set up a productive work day, right?! I conference called about the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans coming out on Monday [read my review of the first draft here], wrote material for cooking class # 2, and worked on info for private nutrition clients.


What’s your standard morning fuel?

Happy Weekend!



  1. Standard morning fuel is old-fashioned oats with fruit and nut butter. And a big cup of coffee! It's so satisfying-especially in the winter.

  2. Standard morning fuel is a bowl of oatmeal with banana, peanut butter, chia seeds, ect...


  3. always overnight oats (rolled oats, almond milk, chia, banana, cinnamon, and almond butter)!!

  4. I have to agree with the others - great morning fuel is a bowl of oats with nut butter- melted :) - with fruit and tea

  5. I'm sure the green smoothie gave u the extra morning boost! I am still trying to find a breakfast combo that I like and nutritious :) if it was for me, I'd eat just corns!!! :D
    happy weekend

  6. Coffee and cereal or oatmeal, but I have been missing smoothies, I think it is time to go back :)

  7. Is it weird that I'm really jealous of your purple pen? I've been looking for a new one!

  8. looks like a great morning drink! i love to use frozen bananas with berries and pb powder with almond milk during the summer!

  9. I just have to try one of these green smoothies! They look fantastic--and super clean!! Thanks for sharing your morning fuel!

  10. wow now thats a healthy smoothie looking forward to your guidelines post :-)

  11. oatsssssssssssssssssss. and someone sent you a text of a kale smoothie? hahah. awesome.

  12. I've been looking for a good beginners recipe green monster and this one seems perfect! Can't wait to try it out tomorrow inlue of my beloved banana froyo! I agree that great food really does = a great day; and there's evidence of that over on my blog as well! Love your pen color selection:)

  13. I definitely should read about those guidelines. How did you conference call, and is that still available? I probably got an e-mail about that, but deleted it, not even thinking.....

    Great looking smoothie!! I have added kale to my smoothies before, and I like it better than spinach actually.

  14. Loove green smoothies! I need a big bowl of oats as my morning fuel :)

  15. this reminds me i need to make myself a green smoothie. haven't had one in weeks and yours looks so yummy!

  16. I keep seeing recipes including swiss chard and I've been meaning to use it!! I'll have to pick some up!

  17. Your green smoothie looks and sounds great! Haven't had one of those in a LONG time. I'm very boring when it comes to breakfast: oatmeal, Greek yogurt, & walnuts.


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