Most of us have a handful of familiar vegetables that we rotate through, with the usual suspects being broccoli, green beans, spinach, carrots and cauliflower. Sautéed spinach becomes a staple stand-by when dinner needs to be on the table fairly quickly. But an often-overlooked and highly nutritious green, that is just as easy to prepare as spinach, is Swiss Chard. Swiss Chard is actually a member of the beet family, and has an impressive array of nutrients. Rich in Vitamins A, C and K, the minerals iron, potassium, and magnesium, and potent antioxidants and phytonutrients, a one-cup serving can add a nutritional kick to your weekly menu! Of particular note is that one cup of cooked Swiss Chard provides over 600% of your daily needs for Vitamin K! We don’t always associate vitamin K with bone health, but in fact this vitamin is incredibly important in bone remodeling, as it facilitates the binding of calcium to bone proteins. So next time you’re at the grocery store, seek out this power vegetable! It not only provides a host of important nutrients, but tastes delicious and adds a simple elegance to any meal.Total Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:1 medium bunch of green, red or rainbow chard, washed
Optional: Parmesan cheese or slivered almonds (for dairy-free alternative) & orange segments for serving
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