Thursday, October 24

Better Food of the Week: Swiss Chard

Swiss chard was a common side dish in my house growing up, but I've had many friends who have never eaten it, nor even heard of it (Brian hadn't when we first started dating!). I can remember friends at our family dinner table giving the hearty green a questioning look, but once they tasted it, they quickly grew to love it. In high school, I'd even get special requests, with friends asking, "Hey, can your Dad cook some of that leafy green stuff, tonight?!" This may be due to the fact that my Dad is quite the chef, but Swiss chard is also easy to cook and flavor.  

Most greens are fantastic sources of phytonutrients (plant-nutrients), but I wanted to point out the specific benefits of Swiss chard, a nutrient-dense leafy green that is in season during the summer and fall, and can often be overlooked. 

Swiss chard is similar to kale in that it's slightly hardier than spinach, but it can still be very quickly cooked by boiling, steaming or roasting the leaves and even stocksThere are several different varieties of chard, including Swiss, rainbow chard, red chard and white chard. This leafy green is not only loaded with nutrients, but actually has specific properties that help regulate blood sugar. It also is an excellent source of vitamins K, A and C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fiber. A fun fact is that one cup of chopped Swiss chard can provide 300% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin K. 

We hope you'll be able to incorporate it into some of your own meals! To get you started, here's one of our recipes!

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