Here’s what you need to know about chard juice: its quick recipe, benefits and risks.
Also, here you’ll find more juice recipes with this vegetable.
Where do we start?
- Blender or juicer.
- A cup.
- A knife (optional).
- Pot and / or steamer (optional).
Next, the ingredients and quantities:
- 2 large chard leaves.
- If using a blender, 1 cup of water.
Chard juice – Recipe
Just follow these steps:
- First, remove the stems and rinse the chard (if you use a juicer, you can keep the stems). Remember that green leaves tend to accumulate a lot of microbes and dirt.
- Then, process with a juicer or blender. If using a blender, add 1 cup of water. Optional: before proceeding with this step, you can cook the chard by boiling or steaming it for about 5 minutes to make it taste softer and easier to digest, but you will be losing nutrients in the process.
- Finally, you can serve and enjoy the drink.
Note: You can add water to taste to the final result.
What’s chard juice good for? – Main properties and benefits
This vegetable is high in antioxidants / anti-inflammatories. Among them, we can highlight some such as beta-carotene, lutein and vitamin C. In general, these substances fight or neutralize the free radicals that may cause various health problems.
In addition, chard’s rich in:
- Water: 92%.
- Fiber: 1.6 g per 100 g.
- Potassium: 379 mg each 100 g.
- Vitamin A: 6120 IU per 100 g.
- More nutrients: such as vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, iron and folate, among others.
Considering this, the regular and moderate consumption of this juice may:
- Detoxify the body and improve digestive health. To a large extent, due to its water and fiber. More information in our sections: detox and constipation.
- Prevent circulatory conditions. Mainly, because of its potassium, water, antioxidants and fiber. Learn more about these substances and blood circulation here.
- Protect the body / boost defenses. Especially, due to its vitamin A, antioxidants, water, folate and other nutrients.
Also, the chard has only 19 kcal per 100 g, so it’s very light.
So, does chard juice work to lose weight?
According to what we’ve just seen, this juice includes few calories. In this sense, it may help satiate hunger and work in diets to achieve a caloric deficit (consuming fewer calories than those that are burned).
On the other hand, remember that chard may promote bowel movements and make you lose a few extra pounds in the bathroom in the short term.
Anyway, remember to follow a healthy and balanced eating plan. Find more information and juice recipes for weight loss here.
What’s the benefit of drinking chard juice in the morning?
In addition to the above, having a cup of this drink as soon as you wake up may help activate the organs. That is, to put the body in motion, “wake it up” and help it begin its daily cleansing process. Many people choose to consume this juice on an empty stomach.
Warnings / Risks
According to experts, the intake of chard may lead to certain problems. Among them, it’s worth mentioning the following:
- Negative interactions with anticoagulant drugs: due to the plant’s high vitamin K content
- Kidney stones: due to its high oxalate content. Find more information and juice recipes to cleanse the kidneys here.
- Allergic reactions in some people.
Finally, remember not to over-consume this vegetable or its juice. Its excessive consumption could also cause more digestive problems, among others.
To see all our recipes with chard, click here.