Swiss Chard 101: Recipes for a Health Boost

Our Swiss chard is growing like crazy in the garden. As you see in our previous post how beautiful this green is with it’s vibrant burgundy stems.

Swiss chard is one of the most nutritious greens in the world! Swiss chard is nutrient dense: containing high levels of vitamins A, K, C, E, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium. Their beautiful burgundy stems contain betacyanin pigments. These betalain pigments in chard provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support involving glutathione. With all of these powerhouses, Swiss chard reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity! So it is a definite bonus to add to your plate to improve your health. Definitely nature’s medicine!

Everyone keeps asking us how do we prepare our Swiss chard? For this post, I researched different ways for you to prepare this lovely green in your kitchen.

Enjoy Raw in your salads, especially in the early stages of its growth when Swiss chard is more of a leafy baby green.

Add to your Smoothies. Have a favorite smoothie blend that you make? Why not try adding a handful of Swiss chard in? This is an easy way to incorporate this beneficial green to your diet and is easy!

Here is a helpful blog post by Incredible Smoothies for you green smoothie lovers or for anyone wanting to add Swiss chard to your smoothies.

Brekkie anyone? Down under in Australia, the norm “brekkie” consists of organic, locally-grown, and thoughtfully prepared food so why not be like an aussie and add some nutritious Swiss chard to your breakfast dish? Swiss chard is amazing in your omelette or egg scramble. Chris and I do this to add another dose of healthy greens and another layer of versatility for omelettes.

Need help? Try this recipe: Chard and Onion Omelet (TROUCHIA) found on epicurious.

Sautee it. Chris and I make our Swiss chard as part of our veggie filled hashes. Sautee it in grass-fed butter and/or coconut oil with an assortment of other vegetables (we love sweet potatoes). Try experimenting with different spice combos for your own taste buds.

Here are some other recipes to try:

Garlicky Swiss Chard found on The New York Times Cooking Recipe

Swiss Chard with Lentils and Feta Cheese found on Chowhound

Easy Swiss Chard Recipe found on Simply Recipes

 
Let us know how it goes! We would love to hear how you incorporate Swiss chard into your recipes.

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Sarah Ferrante, Ph.D.

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