Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Power Food: Spinach

Hey all,

Spinach is the food we will be focusing on today. This power food is not just for Popeye!! This leafy green is pleasing to the eye and also packed full of nutrients. Spinach can possibly help with inflammatory issues, cardiovascular problems, and bone issues.

Did you know the following facts about spinach?
  • It is a great source for potassium! A half cup of cooked spinach has 419.5 mg compared to the popular source banana being only 269 mg per half cup. 
    • This means it is ideal for those with high blood pressure.
  • Baby and regular spinach pack the same amount of nutrients. 
  • Spinach can be added to pasta for an added kick and tastes amazing! You can also lay this under your noodles, on top and then under the sauce.. so many ways.
  • Dark greens (like spinach and others) are great for your skin, hair and bones.
  • High in fiber! It will help you stay regular. Who doesn't love that?
  • Great source of protein and iron.
  • Excellent source of Beta-Carotene which our body converts into Vitamin A. 
Preparation of this leafy green is very versatile. It can be eaten raw or cooked! You can also trick children easily into eating this healthy green by blending it into a smoothie, or chopping it up small and baking with it either in a meatloaf, dessert, or in a dip just to name a few.

Spinach is a great power food to keep around the house because there are so many ways that you can use it! Keep this healthy food in your house and not only can you enjoy eating it you can feel good about making the healthy choice every time you reach for it

Until next time!

Thanks for reading,

Steph & Jenn
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