Move over Kale, there’s another leafy green vegetable in town with just as much superfood power!
With its lush green leaves and crunchy colorful stalks that range from white to yellow to red, Swiss chard is as beautiful as it is nutritious.
When it comes to vitamins, minerals and disease fighting antioxidants, Swiss chard is truly hard to beat. Thanks to a unique phytonutrient called betalain, (which comes from its bright red and yellow stalk pigments), Swiss chard offers anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties. It is high in fiber and a good source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as magnesium, potassium, and iron. This nutritional profile makes Swiss chard a fabulous addition to any diet seeking an energy boost, healthy blood pressure, balanced blood sugar, and super strong bones. Besides it’s ability to lower risks of gastric, lung, ovarian cancer, Swiss chard is also stellar at protecting the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration.
Bottom line, Swiss chard deserves a spot on your menu this weekend. This is one of my favourite recipes for Swiss chard. Hope you enjoy!
Balsamic Swiss Chard
- 1 teaspoon olive, avocado, or grapeseed oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 large bunch Swiss chard, washed and chopped
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional for spicy)
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for about a minute, or until fragrant. Add Swiss chard; cover and steam for 4 to 5 minutes, until chard begins to wilt.
Remove from heat and toss with vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.