By: Leanne Ely
Swiss chard is still making a big appearance at my local farmer’s market…how about yours? If you’ve been wondering about whether or not you should pick up some of these leafy greens, I say, do it!
Swiss chard is sometimes known as white beet, strawberry spinach, Chilian beet, leaf beet, spinach beet, Sicilian beet, Roman kale, or regular old chard. Whatever you call it, this is one healthy vegetable.
It’s also a sweet-tasting vegetable. I like putting swiss chard in my salads, soups and even my omelets.
By the way, swiss chard is an easy veggie to grow yourself so give it a try!
Now, let’s take a look at the benefits of eating swiss chard:
Blood sugar regulation. Swiss chard is loaded with protein and fiber so it will keep your blood sugar levels on an even keel. There’s also a flavonoid in swiss chard that keeps blood sugars even.
Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidizing and detoxifying. Swiss chard’s veined leaves are full of antioxidants and detoxing agents.
Calcium. You don’t often think of calcium when you think of leafy greens, but you should! Swiss chard contains lots of bone strengthening calcium.
Vitamins. One cup of swiss chard contains up to 8 times the recommended daily amount of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is great for bone health! Chard also has lots of vitamins A and C as well.
Steam your chard a wee bit before eating it, just enough to bring out its sweet flavor. And do not eat the liquid that’s released through the cooking process. The cooking process releases some acid from the chard leaves.
There is magic in dark leafy greens like swiss chard. In my upcoming book, Part-Time Paleo: How To Go Paleo Without Going Crazy, I give lots of advice about how to get these very important plants into your diet. Don’t put off ordering a copy! The book came out on September 30 but if you order now, I’ll send you a bunch of bonuses you are going to love! But you have to get the book to get the goodies!