This week, Dr. Veronica Anderson launches her new weekly talk radio. show, Wellness For The Real World on Her first entry on a regular segment,Food of the Week, is a vegetable you may never have tried before: swiss chard.

Related to beets (though here we want the leaves and stems, not the root), swiss chard tastes a bit like spinach, but chewier, crunchier and earthier. Look for deep green leaves and stems that are vividly white, red or yellow.

Swiss chard is a nutrient powerhouse: vitamins A, B, C, K, folate, magnesium and calcium abound. Chop it up fresh in a salad, blend it in a smoothie for a pick-me-up, or explore recipes in our Learn More section.