All About Spinach
Spinach is no stranger to the health food world, but there are many uses to spinach that many don’t know about. It’s no secret that spinach is a superfood that is packed with vitamins and minerals, including iron, Vitamin K, calcium, Vitamin A, potassium and many others. Contrary to what Popeye believed, spinach doesn’t give you super strength. (BBC) But did YOU know that it does have numerous other health benefits?
Spinach might be helping you more than you even thought possible! As per Organic Facts, spinach is believed to have the ability to increase energy, strength (not quite as much as Popeye), and blood quality. Spinach is also an anti-inflammatory, and could potentially protect against cancer due to its anti-inflammatory effects. Spinach may also help to improve skin quality and help to control hunger, fullness, and blood sugar levels. Other health benefits include better eyesight, lowered blood pressure, prevention against muscular degeneration due to age, increased bone strength, prevention against heart problems like heart attacks, increased neurologic functioning, and healthy development for fetuses and children. It may even play in role in lowering the risk of asthma. Its benefits all come from the rich assortment of vitamins and minerals that spinach provides. (Medical News Today)
How to Incorporate Spinach
So, now we know how good spinach is for you, but how can you incorporate it into your diet? Spinach is best when it is between medium and dark green. It’s vitamins and minerals are most prevalent when the vegetable is fresh. Spinach can be served raw, as in a salad for example, or cooked down and added to a meal. Raw spinach blended into a smoothie with other fruits and vegetables is thought to be the best way to consume all of the vitamins and minerals contained in the vegetable.
Need some more specific suggestions? We like our Spinach Salad. With quinoa or grilled chicken, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, tomato, mozzarella cheese, avocado, croutons, and Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette mixed in with spinach, you can’t go wrong. If you want a the benefits of spinach but don’t like the sound of our Spinach Salad, you can substitute spinach in for the greens in any of our 15 other market fresh salads! And don’t worry, our spinach is ALWAYS freshly prepared!