Spinach is a fantastic leafy green that feeds your body with so much goodness.
Spinach is where it’s at in terms of fiber, and it’s a fabulous source of chlorophyll. It’s also one of the highest sources of folate you can get in most food.
Spinach is rich in both water-soluble vitamins like B2, B6, and B12, and folate (as mentioned above) as well as fat-soluble vitamins like K, A,D, and E. Plus it packs a serious mineral punch with edible gems such as magnesium, calcium, niacin, zinc, thiamin, phosphorus, copper, potassium, manganese, and iron. It’s also a goldmine of phytonutrients.
Wherever you can, try to add spinach into your daily diet; the more you eat, the stronger you will be.
Buy organic spinach, since it seriously reduces your consumption of DDT and other pesticides.
I buy a couple or three of the giant, clam-shell tubs each week, and I add spinach to just about everything (this is the beauty of eating at home)
I like it raw as much as possible, because you get as much as 25 percent more folate over cooking it, but cooking it has some benefits, too. I prefer to sauté’ it or steam it, as studies have shown that spinach retains more vitamin C when steamed, and has a higher carotenoid content when sautéed, rather than when it is fried, microwaved, or boiled.
Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or a meat and veggie eater, you can find many places to squeeze in even partial helping of this powerful leafy green. Here are some suggestions on adding more spinach to your diet:
- Spread avocado on a piece of Ezekiel toast. Cover with fresh leaf spinach.
- Take a leftover baked potato and make a quick soup: dice the tater and place it in a pot (you can throw some leftover grilled onions in there, too) . Set that aside. Then in a blender, add a huge handful or two of fresh spinach along with a tomato or two, a little lime, garlic, celery, onion, and tobasco or pepper (or both). Pour it in the pot with the potato and heat it up. YUM!
- Add it raw to smoothies, with other veggies and/or fruit.
- Instead of two eggs, eat one, and pile a bunch of spinach on top. Squeeze some lemon on it.