I’d like to start a “vegetable of the week” post, and what better vegetable to start with than spinach?
Yes indeed, Popeye was right.
Be strong to the finish because you eat your spinach! (Although I wouldn’t recommend eating it out of a can like he did)
Spinach at its purest is made up of 91% water, 2.9 grams of protein, 2.2 grams of fiber, 23 calories and 3.6 grams of carbohydrates. In case you didn’t realize, that’s a turn on for the health of your body.
Its vitamin makeup is A, C and K1.
A few of the minerals are folic acid, iron and calcium.
Beautiful thing, right?
What’s even more beautiful are the health and nutrition benefits.
Good For Oxidative Stress – Oxidative stress is known for accelerating the aging process and puts you at risk for diabetes and cancer. The antioxidant properties found in spinach have been known to fight this from happening.
Helps To Prevent Cancer – SQDG and MGDG are two components found in spinach. They have been know to help prevent cancerous cells from developing in the breast and prostate area.
Helps With Blood Pressure Control – Nitrates have a big presence in this green leaf, which have been shown to help regulate blood pressure. High blood pressure is one of the main causes of heart disease.
Stuff Your Face With It
One of the main things I love about spinach is that there are so many delicious ways to eat it.
I like to pack my omelets with it because it goes so well with some nicely seasoned eggs and other veggies. Think about the fact that you’re getting a high dose of protein and vegetables at the same time.
Add a little Herbamare and you’re in the Game! lol
Now if you like your spinach with your eggs for breakfast, try your hand at spinach, the sautéed way.
I’m a big fan of this method because you combine it with so many other healthy additions. (check out this delicious recipe!)
I’m a big believer in monitoring your cheese intake. However, at the time of this writing it’s the holiday season so let’s talk about creamed spinach.
This is one of my favorite ways to have spinach in a meal. I only have it this way on special occasions, again, because of the cheese.
Now you could use a vegan substitute, but be aware that vegan cheese doesn’t bake the same. So you’re gonna have to experiment a little if that’s a new process for you.
I could go on and on about other ways to cook and bake spinach, but there’s nothing better than having it in it’s most natural state: Raw
Wash those leaves really good and start trying different salad combinations. I myself am almost to the point of not using any lettuce. Spinach makes so much more hardier of a salad than lettuce.
Grab a big bowl, dump it in there and start experimenting. Some carrots, kale, pineapples, vinaigrette dressing, orange slices and cranberries would be a phenomenal start.
Don’t like that combo, maybe try this Avacado-Grapefruit Salad.
This is the first of many vegetables that I’m gonna be talking about. They will be some of my favorites, and other times vegetables that I think would be of benefit to someone for different reasons.
What are some of your favorite spinach recipes?
Let me know!