Swiss Chard – Super Green Nutrition!

As most of you know, dark leafy greens are considered Mother Nature’s Super Food. There are a large variety of these wonderful nutrient-dense greens to try. Swiss Chard is one of those super greens.

Swiss Chard is a tall leafy green vegetable with a thick stalk that crunches when you eat it. The stalks can be found in a variety of colors, such as white, red or yellow – white stalks are more desirable as they are more tender. The leaves are wide and fan-like, and dark green in color. Chard has a similar taste profile as spinach and beet greens. It’s salty yet slightly bitter. Both the stalk and the leaves are edible. Although it’s more common to eat cooked chard, raw chard is just as delicious and actually much healthier for you. Raw chard can be tossed in a salad, used to make wraps or roll-ups, good in smoothies, and great for juicing!

Swiss Chard is known for its health benefits too. Chard has a combination of phytonutrients plus fiber, and is effective in preventing digestive tract diseases such as cancer. Chard also has an effect on kidneys, by reducing serum urea and creatinine levels, which is helpful for those who suffer with diabetes.

Swiss Chard is also one of the most vitamin and mineral rich greens you can eat. Chard is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, vitamin E, and of course, dietary fiber. “No need for supplementation here! Eat lots of Swiss Chard!” In addition, Chard is also a great source of calcium, copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, folate, protein, phosphorus, niacin, and zinc.

Because of the “super” rich source of vitamins and minerals, Swiss Chard is a great food to eat to maintain eye and bone health, digestive health, and prevent a variety of cancers, including skin cancer and colon cancer. Chard is rich in antioxidants too since it’s an excellent source of vitamin C. Eating a diet high in Swiss Chard can also prevent strokes, due to the high levels of potassium-rich, and it’s great for the heart!

Swiss Chard is a super energizer, since it’s a great source of protein and iron. Chard is an all around SUPER GREEN FOOD! Be sure to eat lots of it! Swiss Chard is available all year round! However, Swiss Chard doesn’t stay fresh for long, so be sure to eat it right away. Only select Chard leaves that are crisp, and rich in color, have no brown spots, or holes. Organic is always best too! If the leaves are wilting, then don’t bother with it – the Chard is done and isn’t fresh. Don’t wash it until you are ready to prepare and eat it. This will slow down the wilting process, and keep it fresh and alive.

So be sure to try some delicious, nutritious, super green, Swiss Chard! You’ll do the body good!

For a delicious and simple recipe using Swiss Chard, link here.

Raw-Riffic Food, February 21, 2010

What Is A Super Food?

“Discover the simple secrets to super-charging your life with the power of super food nutrition!”

Super foods are exceptionally high in nutrition, and have health benefits above and beyond the basic functioning of average foods. The best super foods are the raw and living super foods that are high in pytonutrients, and antioxidants. Super foods are considered functional food or medicinal food.

Raw nutrition expert and author, David Wolfe, has written several books on the importance of raw super food nutrition. His latest book, Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, focuses on the top ten super foods for optimal health and well-being; foods such as goji berries, raw cacao (raw chocolate), blue-green algae, maca, hemp and bee pollen, to name a few. Incorporating these raw foods into your daily diet will bring optimal health results, including increased energy, and longevity. I highly recommend this book for anyone who believes that great health can be achieved through natural means.

Since dark leafy greens are considered SUPER FOOD, I like to combine these greens with a few of David Wolfe’s “top ten” super foods for the best super-charged green smoothie ever! Goji berries go great with fruit smoothies, and with green smoothies. Hemp makes a great “seed” milk as an alternative to dairy, soy, or nut milks. Very flavorful, and packed with super nutrition. Blueberries are also considered a super food. Combine blueberries with raw cacao for a super-chocolaty, super-charged raw shake that will energize you and provide protection against disease and illness due to the high content of antioxidants. “Isn’t it great to know you don’t have to give up chocolate? Just processed chocolate – that’s okay, because once you’ve tried raw chocolate you’ll never want the processed junk again!”

In conclusion, not only can you replace meals with a food efficient smoothie, you can take it up a notch and have a super-charged, super food green smoothie foroptimal health and well-being. “Now that’s a true ‘no diet’ diet!”

Recommended Reading

I highly recommend these books for excellent references and resources on the topic of optimal health and well-being eating a high raw and living food diet, drinking raw fruit and green smoothies, and the benefits of super foods.

12 Steps to Raw Foods: How to End Your Dependency on Cooked Food
Victoria Boutenko

Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
by: David Wolfe

The Sunfood Diet Success System
by: David Wolfe

Raw-Riffic Food’s 101 Super-Charged Juices, Shakes & Smoothies: more than just a raw recipe book
by: Deborah C Marsh