Everyone knows that leafy greens are good for you. In particular, many tout the health benefits of spinach, for its iron, its vitamins…you get the idea. There is, however, lots of debate surrounding the best way to eat spinach, or incorporate it into your diet. Here is a breakdown of some nutritional information, and some ideas of how to easily include this leafy green in your meals. Spinach really is just as healthy as you suspect it is. It’s rich in both vitamins and minerals, and is also a source of antioxidants. Among the many vitamins present in large quantities, spinach is a good source of vitamins K, A, and C, all of which are important in creating healthy bones. Spinach is an important source of vitamin B2 and omega-3 fatty acids, which are imperative to a healthy diet.
- 1. Smoothies: spinach may be added to all number of smoothie combinations to make a super food breakfast. Try it with mango, berries, or orange and pineapple juice for a sweeter combination. To make your yummy beverage thicker in consistency, try avocados, coconut oil or milk, soy (or any other dairy free) yoghurt, or even add a handful of nuts. The options are limitless! Remember, though, that rotating your greens is important for optimal health benefits, and that it is not just spinach that makes a great green smoothie; kale is another great option!
2. Salads: a small amount of baby spinach is always delicious mixed with other salad greens, spring mixtures, fresh veggies, nuts and fruits! Baby spinach also adds texture and flavour to the mix, not just a boost in nutrients.
3. Lightly wilted: quickly wilting spinach over the stop top is perfect for a warm spinach salad, or delicious on its own, or with a bit of bread, with a bit of olive oil and garlic. Don’t forget a dash of salt!
4. Slightly boiled: boiling your spinach for even just one minute maximizes health benefits and then makes it a really easy addition to pastas, on top of potatoes, you name it. Spinach and tomato sauce is a match made in heaven.
5. Fried: frying, is of course, an easy way of preparing any sort of vegetables. Add your other favorites for a quick stir-fry, or try something a bit more challenging like spanakopita.
6. In a curry: Dahl, an indian dish prepared mostly with spices, lentils, and onions, is all the yummier with some spinach added in. As far as Indian cuisine goes, this dish is easy and super flavorful. Lentils, spinach, and brown rice are also a perfect nutritious, and high in protein, vegan meal option.
THIS particularly informative post is via One Green Planet