Day 9 (+ Sautéed Swiss Chard)

Day 9 of:

  • No Wheat
  • No Alcohol
  • No Dairy
  • No Processed foods
  • No Sugar

For the 9th day in a row, my first meal was my blueberry breakfast smoothie.  My husband just let me know he drank the last bit of the almond milk in the fridge.  That means no blueberry breakfast smoothie for me tomorrow!  I haven’t juiced since I started this 20 day re-set, so thinking breakfast tomorrow will be a green juice. I forgot to write down my scale weight this morning, so I don’t have an update on that..but I’m feeling great!

This evening I had a walk planned with one of my girlfriends and I wanted to eat something prior to walking.  Still trying to stick to not eating between 8pm and 8am.  I made sautéed swiss chard and had it with 1/2 cup of the quinoa I cooked yesterday.  It was a perfect pre-workout mini meal.

meatless monday rainbow chard and rainbow quinoa

Chard is the most beautiful vegetable & it has a lovely peppery taste.  There are recipes that call for covering it in powerful balsamic vinegar, or heavy cream…I highly recommend trying it like this. So simple.

To start, wash your chard well.

rainbow chard recipe


Remove the leaves from the stems.  Spin the leaves dry in a salad spinner.


how to prepare rainbow chard


Cut the leaves into ribbons…or however you’d like.


rainbow chard ribbons


Cut the stems in half lengthwise, then into bite size pieces.


rainbow chard prep


Some recipes say to toss the stems, but I think they taste really great!


rainbow chard stems


I store my chard in a glass pyrex bowl with a tight seal until I am ready to use it.


rainbow chard meal prep


Swiss Chard Sautéed with Garlic & Olive Oil


  • 4 cups of Swiss Chard (leaves + stems)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • black pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil and garlic in sauté pan over medium heat for about 1 minute.
  2. Add chopped chard stems.  Sauté stems for about 4 minutes.
  3. Add chard leaves.  Sauté until wilted as desired.
  4. Sprinkle with black pepper to taste.

That’s it!  I ate this whole recipe myself….but typically I’d say this is enough for 2 people as a side dish.

Health Benefits of Swiss Chard

  • Full of Vitamins K, A, and C
  • Good source of magnesium, potassium, and iron
  • High in dietary fiber
  • anti-inflammatory

Have a great week friends!

XO, Siobain


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