Hi All! I’m going to try and get the list of veggies posted so that you have an idea of what you are getting each week. I’m also going to pick a fruit or vegetable to highlight and give a bit of an explanation on the nutrient profile of the food I chose. I hope you all find it interesting and I hope that everyone is enjoying their veggies each week!
Week 8 Veggies
Week 8 Fruit
Vegetable Spotlight: Swiss Chard
Swiss chard, a member of the Chenopodioideae family, is of close relation to spinach and beets. Swiss chard flourishes in cooler temperatures with lots of sun and is native to the Mediterranean.
Swiss chard is high in fiber and low in calories, with one cup containing only 35 calories. Swiss chard is high in Vitamin K, A and C. It is a good source of magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, Vitamin E, copper, choline, calcium, B vitamins and zinc. The leaves of swiss chard contain more than 13 different pholyphenol antioxidants. Antioxidants are the substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals or molecules in your body that can damage cells, and may play a role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other disease states. For example, Kaempferol, an antioxidant found in swiss chard is cardioprotective and promotes heart heath. Beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, also found in swiss chard, help maintain eye health and may reduce the risk of cataracts.