As I wrote a blog on brain optimization recently, I remembered the research studies that say aiming for a single serving of leafy green veggies daily can support long-term cognitive maintenance. All kinds of dark leafy greens, like spinach, collard greens, kale and chard, are great choices. Swiss Chard doesn't get much attention these days because of all the kale-love out there, but it is on our weekly grocery list as it makes a quick, easy side! If you aren't used to leafy greens in your diet other than spinach, Swiss Chard is an easy one to introduce.
Chard is also called strawberry spinach so it is a great substitute for spinach in recipes.
1 bunch of red Swiss Chard
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Carefully wash the Swiss Chard leaves and roll the leaves up like a cigar to slice.
2. Slice with a knife to get ribbons of leaves.
3. Add chard to large sauté pan and add 1/2 cup of water and garlic and lightly cover with lid and cook on medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
4. Add olive oil and stir and leave on low heat, without lid for an additional 5 minutes.
5. Sprinkle sea salt and serve as is!