Updated: Aug 6, 2020
Spinach is one of those vegetables that I use almost every week. It is really easy to cook and doesn't even have to be included in a recipe for me to add it. Plus, I make sure we eat something green every day, which is really why I am obsessed with spinach.
What you'll learn in this post:
Why is spinach healthy?
The advantages of spinach
A recap of my services
Inspiring recipes using spinach
Whenever someone asks me about how to live a healthy lifestyle, I always answer eat something green every day. It is the simplest way to make sure we are giving our bodies the nutrients it needs. Green foods provide chlorophyll, which is an important nutrient in green plants that help our bodies fight illness, give us energy and improves our health. (Source: Medical News Today)
WHY IS SPINACH HEALTHY?
While fresh spinach is a delicate leafy green, it packs a great nutritional punch. Just look at the importance of spinach to our bodies:
Supports Eye Health
Spinach is one of the richest sources of lutein, a nutrient found in our eye. Lutein is a carotenoid and can only be found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach. Spinach promotes healthy eyesight, prevents macular degeneration and cataracts. (Source: The Encyclopedia Of Healing Foods)
Protects Against Cancer
There have been studies showing that spinach can slow down cell division in human stomach cancer cells. A study in mice showed spinach reduced skin cancer. A study in women living in New England showed that with a high intake of spinach, there was a lower incidence of breast cancer. (Source: The Encyclopedia Of Healing Foods)
Moderates Blood Pressure
Spinach has high amounts of nitrates which can moderate blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease. (Source: Healthline)
THE ADVANTAGES OF SPINACH
Beyond the health benefits, spinach is a nutrient dense food and low in calories. Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Folic Acid, Iron and Calcium. Vitamin A and C are potent antioxidants that keep our immune system strong.
Vitamin K1 is needed for blood clotting. Folic Acid is needed for cellular function and tissue growth. Iron brings oxygen to your body's tissues and Calcium is needed for strong bones. So many nutrients in an easy to use leafy green.
The great thing about spinach is while it is in season in September through November, if it is not that time of the year it can be bought frozen year round. Usually buying produce that is in season is the most economical purchase because it will be at the best price possible.
Also, produce is at it's freshest when it is in season since it has just been produced. If using fresh spinach that is not prepackaged in a bag, you will need to soak it in a bowl full of water to remove the sand & grit from it. This should not take long, only about 15 minutes.
Spinach has a mild flavor, especially frozen spinach, making it easy to use in a variety of recipes. Even already made foods! Opening up a can of organic soup? Toss some frozen spinach in it to boost the nutrients. Fresh spinach is really versatile because it can be used raw in a salad or cooked. It can be a side dish or part of a casserole or the main dish for many meals.
One nutrient I didn't list that spinach contains a lot of is fiber. Spinach provides a good amount of fiber which is important for our digestive health. One cup of spinach contains 4 grams of fiber. While that doesn't sound like a lot, think about this:
On average American adults eat only 10 to 15 grams of fiber per day. It is recommended that we eat 25 to 30 grams per day! (Source: Harvard Health)
We simply don't eat enough fiber! Eating vegetables like spinach that has very low calories (about 40 calories per cooked cup) but gives us 4 grams of fiber, is a great way to get more fiber into our day without adding a lot of calories.
Fiber is extremely important to our bodies. It helps bind to waste in our bodies in order for it to be eliminated. If you aren't pooping everyday, you are not eating enough fiber. It's important to poop everyday to get waste out of our bodies.
If the waste is not removed through pooping, it is going bad in our bodies. When waste stays in our body it creates bloating, gas, stomach pain, feeling tired all the time, gaining weight, being irritable, can't concentrate and nausea. Those are just some of the symptoms! There are so many more!
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5 Ingredient Spinach Parmesan Pasta by Two Peas and their Pod. Working on having a Meatless Monday routine? Or are you flextarian like I am - eating vegetarian 3-4 days a week and meat or fish the rest of the time. Here is an effortless vegetarian dinner dish that is simple and fast. Serve with a salad to increase veggie intake or substitute a chickpea based pasta. Click here for the recipe.
Vegan Noodle Bowl with Spinach, Mushrooms and Leeks by Peas and Crayons. This noodle bowl is very simple and can be made gluten free by using rice noodles. It takes no time at all to cook making it a fast and easy option for lunch or dinner. Click here for the recipe.
Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa by Julia's Album. So simple and so nutritious. Not only do you get all the nutrients of the spinach, but lots of plant based protein from the quinoa. Did you know quinoa is a complete protein? A complete protein means the food contains all 9 essential amino acids. There aren't many foods in the plant world that are a complete protein but quinoa is one of them! Click here for the recipe.
Baked Spinach and Provolone Chicken Breasts by Tasteful Adventures. This is an easy dinner that takes about 30 minutes to make. The presentation is beautiful! Your family will think you spent hours on making this. Serve it with a side of rice or roasted potatoes and a salad. Click here for the recipe.
Mediterranean Power Lentil Salad by The Mediterranean Dish. Spinach is a great leafy green to use in salads. This Power Lentil Salad is full of yummy ingredients and the recipe has a lime dressing to top the salad with. Lentils are a great way to get plant based protein into any meal. If you can cook rice, you can cook lentils. They are that easy to cook! Click here for the recipe.
Green Smoothie Bowl by Natasha's Kitchen. Spinach for breakfast? Of course! Why not start your day with a nutrient dense smoothie bowl that includes spinach. Other ingredients included are apples, banana, pineapple and avocado, just to name a few. Click here for the recipe.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about spinach, why it is good for you and how to cook with it. Spinach is a superfood providing a lot of nutrients and health benefits without a lot of calories. I am obsessed with spinach because it is a green food. Eating something green everyday gives helps our bodies fight illness, give us energy and improves our health.
Do you think you will add spinach into your healthy lifestyle? Let me know by leaving a comment below.