Spinach: Popeye's Favorite

Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables. Weíve all seen what Popeye can do given a little spinach. Well itís all true! Vegetables are an imperative part of a healthy diet. Specifically, spinach has some amazing benefits.

Spinach is packed with nutrients. Lutein, now included in a lot of vitamin supplements, is found in abundance in spinach. This is a nutrient that will help improve and promote eye health, preventing against macular degeneration later in life. Spinach is also loaded with vitamin C and folate, which is important for pregnant women in reducing the risk of birth defects, along with heart disease and stroke for the general population.

Looking for a great source of iron? What about potassium, calcium and beta-carotene? ALL of these nutrients can be found in spinach! Furthermore, fiber is located in these leaves, which also protects against heart disease.

Popeye was doing something right. Spinach can guard against osteoporosis, cancer, even arthritis. To make sure you are getting the best quality from the grocery store, select green, not yellowing leaves. Make sure that you wash the vegetable before eating. Itís a fantastic substitute for other kinds of lettuce, especially iceberg.

So how can you include it in your diet? There are only so many spinach salads you can eat in a week and only so many sandwiches to add it to. Try mixing it into soups or stews. Stir it into pastas, including lasagna. Sautéed spinach is also quite delicious, especially with some olive oil and garlic. Experiment and enjoy! Enjoy those dark, leafy greens that are packed with a nutritional punch.
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I love spinach...thanks.
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I always have spinach in my fridge ready to toss into anything from omelets to smoothies to soups to pizzas to lasagna to salads to sandwiches. Report
I love making a spinach salad or just tossing spinach in with the other greens in my salad. I do toss it into some of the soups I make as well as the occasional smoothie that I will have Report
Good article. Report
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So many ways to use Spinach! Report
I love spinach. I stopped using lettuce. I use spinach and kale or spinach and arugula for my greens in salad. Report
Spinach in a frittata or omelet is one of my favorite ways to start my day with some veggies, of course there are mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and other veggies in there too. Report
I love spinach because it is so versatile. I'm going to try it in eggs now. Report
I cook it and put it in my egg in the morning along with Tomato. I also add it to my Lean Cuisine's to get anothe veggie in my day.

I love spinach!!! Report
I don't care for cooked spinach, just can't get past the smell. I do use it in lasagna though. I mainly use 1 cup in my morning smoothie. Report
"There are only so many spinach salads you can eat in a week....."

I usually eat a spinich salad 7 nights a week LoL Report
I have always liked spinach, even the kind in a can!!! But I have learned a lot from this article and love the ideas others have included.
On Aldi's cream cheese package I found a great recipe for three cheese pasta containing a whole bag of spinach and it is not too high in calories as the amount of cheeses is well controlled. Maybe I should post that recipe! Report
I love to add spinach to salads and sandwiches. It's more flavorful than plain lettuce. Report


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