Look for chard with firm, deep green leaves. Smaller leaves will be tenderer and have a milder flavor. Store chard in the refrigerator to keep fresh.
Enjoy it raw in salads or on sandwiches or wraps, braised, boiled, sautéed or added to soups and casseroles.
Here are some tips to incorporate more chard into your daily routine:
- Add a handful to an omelet or scrambled eggs
- Throw a handful of Swiss chard into a fresh juice or smoothie before you blend
- Sauté Swiss chard in a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil and season with freshly ground black pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Eat as a side dish or top your baked potato
- Add Swiss chard to your salad, wrap, sandwich or flatbread.
Ancient Greeks and Romans used this plant more as medicine, than food.
One of the most important benefits of Swiss chard is its ability to regulate the blood sugar levels and keep them stable, preventing fluctuations that can be extremely dangerous for those who have diabetes, or for those at a high risk of developing diabetes.
Swiss chard contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid which can increase sensitivity to blood sugar-managing hormones, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. It also helps by reducing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy or autonomic neuropathy.