Greens are one of the most necessary and nutrient power packed foods on the planet. I am going to do a short series on a few of the greens you can use in your smoothies and why they are each good for you in their own way. We will be talking about Spinach, Kale, Dandelion Greens, Swiss Chard, Turnip Greens, Mustard Greens, Arugula, Bok Choy, Collards and maybe a few more in this series.
Today I am going to talk about Swiss Chard. Swiss Chard is a very beautiful green. It has red veins running through it’s leaves similar to Beet Greens.
There are other varieties of Chard. One other well known Chard is Rainbow Chard. Take a look at your neighborhood market and see how many kinds of Chard you can find!
Swiss Chard has Riboflavin (which produces an antioxidant in our body called glutathione. Glutathione also protects cholesterol from free radical attacks, keeping it from becoming potentially dangerous to our body)
– Riboflavin helps Vitamin B6 function properly in the body
-A single cup of Swiss Chards supplies about 14.7% of the daily fiber requirement of the human body
-The fiber in Swiss Chard may help prevent colon cancer
– Swiss Chard is excellent for people who have (or are at risk for) diabetes as it maintains blood sugar levels in the body
– Swiss Chard has magnesium which helps with muscle cramps
– Swiss Chard has Vitamin A (very beneficial for your eyes)
– Swiss Chard has calcium (which works together with magnesium to keep bones strong and healthy)
– Swiss Chard contains iron (iron+protein= production of hemoglobin molecules (which do the job of carrying oxygen through our body))
***A Caution: Swiss Chard also contains oxalates, which can crystalize in your body if too concentrated. Do not eat much if you have kidney or bladder problems. Don’t make Swiss Chard your only green in a smoothie every day. We need variety of these greens so none of them become toxic to our system.
****As long as Swiss Chard is eaten along with other greens it is an excellent source of so many good things for your body!