They say variety is the spice of life, and Swiss chard is a beautiful and tasty way to add variety to your diet. If you haven’t embraced this leafy lovely, then it’s time to give it a try.
Swiss chard belongs to the same family as spinach and beets, and actually tastes quite similar to spinach with just a hint of beet.
There are a number of Swiss chard varieties, some have white, yellow, or orange stalks while others have red, pink, or purple stalks, and all are equally nutritious. My heart skips a beat when I see the rainbow packed version at the store. They are stunning!
But there’s more to them than just good looks. All that color in their leaves, veins and stems is provided by antioxidant phytonutrients. At the moment over three dozen phytonutrients have been discovered in chard! THREE DOZEN! These phytonutrients promote health and fight disease. Chard is being studied for its cancer preventing properties and it’s thought that its rich source of carotenoids may help kill cancer-causing free radicals. Betalain, a pigment in Swiss chard, is also being studied for potential anticancer properties.
When you eat Swiss chard, you get a wealth of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
So, eat your greens…and reds and oranges and purples and….
Swiss chard is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber. With its good supply of calcium and its excellent supply of magnesium and vitamin K, chard offers outstanding support for bone health.
Swiss chard also helps to regulate blood sugar and provides benefit to those with diabetes. It’s also very low in calories, and can aid in weight loss.
It’s easy to add Swiss chard to your routine. Anytime you might use spinach or another green, you can use Swiss chard instead. It makes a tasty addition to salads, smoothies and soups. Its also great added to omelets or scrambled eggs.
Garlicky Swiss Chard and Chickpeas
You must try this delicious and easy recipe is from Heidi at Foodie Crush! www.foodiecrush.com
Swiss Chard & Onion Frittata
This delicious breakfast makes it easy to add more greens to your diet!
Swiss Chard & Onion Frittata from Williams Sonoma
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