Swiss chard: Gross? Boring? Delicious? Exciting? I’ll admit I’ve felt all these sentiments toward this nutritional powerhouse, but I’ve learned to love her. Maybe it took growing it from seed to feel totally enamored with this veggie, but we now have a strong relationship. In fact, I had Swiss chard burger last night!
Random thought: Have you ever looked at the nutrition facts label attached to a bunch of Swiss chard? It says it contains something like 800% of your daily intake of Vitamin K. That’s crazy, right?
Read on for Swiss chard health benefits and 4 tasty Swiss chard recipes.
6 ways Swiss chard will boost your health
1. Swiss chard contains 13 (!) different polyphenol antioxidants.
2. Chard is a source of a phytonutrient called betalains, which are found in the veins and stem of Swiss chard. Betalains have an antiodixant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effect on the body.
3. Swiss chard contains a high amount of fibre and protein, both of which help stabilize blood sugar levels.
4. Like I mentioned above, Swiss chard is super high in Vitamin K – according to whfoods.com, there’s six to eight times the recommended daily amount in just one cup of boiled chard. This vitamin helps you maintain strong and healthy bones.
5. It contains a high amount of Vitamin C, giving your immune system a boost with each and every bite.
6. High in Vitamin A, Swiss chard will help keep your eyesight in tip top shape.
Did you know
• Swiss chard comes from Sicily, not Switzerland.
• Apparently Swiss chard can also be called: chard, white beet, strawberry spinach, seakale beet, leaf beet, Sicilian beet, spinach beet, Chilian beet, Roman kale, and silverbeet.
• Boiling Swiss chard in an uncovered pot of water will help to release some of it’s acidity, making the vegetable sweeter.
• You should start cooking the stalks before the leaves, as they’re thicker and will take longer to cook.
• You can find Swiss chard with green, white, yellow, red or orange stalks.
• Chard is part of the chenopod species, along with spinach, quinoa and beets.
• It’s super easy to grow from see in the garden or a container on your back porch or balcony.
Do you like Swiss chard?