Thursday, September 07, 2006

Move over, Britney Spears

A new covergirl is about to replace you. Swiss Chard appeared as the cover picture on two magazines I received in yesterday's mail, Real Simple Food and Chicago Botanic Garden's Garden Talk. I'm not sure if this is a trend--I haven't had a chance to check out People or Oprah--but it is an interesting choice. Swiss Chard looks and stays beautiful in the garden throughout the season. It's pretty enough to be planted with your flowers, if you don't have a vegetable garden.

Nutrionally, Swiss chard is a superstar. A one-cup serving provides the daily equivalent value of a whopping 306.3% vitamin K, 109.0% vitamin A, and 52.5% of vitamin C. It also offers large amounts of magnesium, potassium, iron, vitamin E, calcium and more—all this and only 35 calories.

It can be used in soups, pastas, omelets, and frittatas, or steamed and eaten as a vegetable similar to spinach.

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