Easy ways to include spinach and WHY you should
I could go on and on about the benefits of spinach but today we’ll stick to the basics. I’m going to give you a little back story on the leafy green and then give you a few simple recipes to help add spinach into your daily diet.
Where do I start-not only is spinach important for hair, skin and bone health but it also can help lower blood pressure, help lower the risk of cancer and even improve blood glucose control in diabetics. Spinach is packed with protein, potassium and magnesium. Also high in fiber and water content, which both promote a healthy digestive tract.
Now that you have a few fun facts, it’s time to eat! Here are a few ways you can incorporate spinach into your diet:
SPINACH BANANA SMOOTHIE
2-3 cups of spinach
½ cup of ice
½ cup of water
1 tablespoon of almond butter
1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
(This is the perfect basic smoothie recipe – feel free to swap out the banana for 1 cup of any fruit! Examples would be mango, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
Once you have all your ingredients, place them into the blender and blend until smooth.
GARLIC SAUTEED SPINACH
1 1/2 pounds of baby spinach
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
Half of a lemon
(This recipe is a great side with a piece of salmon, chicken breast or red meat. Also yummy with whole grain pasta or wild rice!)
In a large pan – heat olive oil and saute the garlic over medium heat, for about 1 minute
Add spinach, salt and pepper to pan
Toss with garlic and oil
Cover pot and cook for about 2 minutes
Uncover, cook on high for 1 more minute (stirring with wooden spoon until wilted)
Top with a squeeze of lemon
Last but NOT least…
A SIMPLE SALAD
Instead of always using your go to iceburg lettuce, try a spinach salad instead! It is delicious with any or all of your favorite toppings; fruits, nuts, onions, tomatoes, carrots, avocado, cucumber, red pepper, the list goes on and on! And of course topped with a light dressing. A salad that you commonly have for lunch or dinner but when prepared with spinach, is packed with vitamins and minerals.
AND REMEMBER, start small. Try adding spinach here and there, play around with recipes you’ve never tried. You’ll soon find it is easier than you think, and always a healthy choice.
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