Get Fit for Summer: The Amazing Health Benefits of Swiss Chard

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Swiss chard may not be on the tip of every vegetable lover's lips since more often than not, its cousin spinach takes the place of top antioxidant-filled vegetable. Swiss chard is widely used in Mediterranean recipes from pairing it with rice to just on its own with some garlic and olive oil. Here are four great reasons you should start cooking with Swiss chard. 

* Swiss chard is nutrient packed from vitamins C, E, and K to carotenes and calcium. The list doesn't end there as it also has fiber, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese and zinc. Don't forget good old protein as well. Talk about packing a wollop of nutrients all in one bite!

* One serving of Swiss chard provides about 700% of your daily intake of Vitamin K, an essential vitamin for helping to promote bone strength and formation. Vitamin K can also limit neuron damage in the brain, which helps Alzheimer's patients.

* As well as helping with bone strength and helping to prevent osteoporosis, Swiss chard can help with iron deficiency anemia, vitamin A deficiency as well as protecting you from cardiovascular diseases.

* Do like the Mediterraneans do and incorporate this miracle vegetable you're your diet. Start out with a basic recipe like Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan or Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes. It also pairs great with rack of lamb or pork chops!

Now when you feel at a loss for what to cook and you're sick and tired of always using spinach, you now have a front runner low calorie and high fiber and protein vegetable!