Dark Green Leafy Nutrition
The USDA classifies vegetables in 5 subgroups based on their nutrient content: dark green vegetables, orange/red vegetables, starchy vegetables, dried black-eyed peas and beans and 'other'. The 'other' category includes a lot of veggies, including: eggplant, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, mushrooms and asparagus. Chard falls in the dark green leafy vegetable category along with collard greens, bok choy, butterhead lettuce, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, turnip greens, spinach, romaine lettuce, mesclun and watercress.
As you can see from the nutrition data posted above, chard is packed with dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - a good reason to grow and eat this colorful veggie! Fresh, frozen or canned veggies can be prepared in a wide variety of recipes.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
My Pyramid Vegetables Food Group
Swiss Chard Recipes
Swiss Chard and Sweet Potatoes
Baked Swiss Chard Stems
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