Good morning, blog world!
Today’s post will be short and sweet, BUT… I have included one of my absolute F.A.V.O.R.I.T.E spinach smoothie recipes at the end!
I don’t think that spinach needs a huge introduction, no offense to the super-veggie, but I think Popeye did a good job back in the day introducing the world to the benefits of this green.
We know it helps make us strong. We know it helps keep our eyes healthy.
BUT… did you also know it improves blood glucose levels in diabetics, lowers blood pressure, and can lower the risk of cancer and asthma? That’s not all; at only about 7 calories per cup, eating spinach on a daily basis can actually help you LOSE weight.
All from eating a little green leaf.
I probably should confess I haven’t always been a spinach fan, and sometimes, yes even still, I sigh when there’s a big ole’ plate of the leafy greens in front of me.
Let’s be honest. Spinach isn’t like nachos. There are a few slight differences. I have never had problems eating nachos.
So, why the problem with spinach?
Well, for starters, it’s plain. It’s boring. It doesn’t have a lot of taste. And I’m not particularly fond of eating the stem.
Friends, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can dress up spinach and actually make it enjoyable to eat! And take heart; you don’t have to eat an entire bag of spinach to reap the benefits. About a cup will do ya.
Because spinach is so basic (on the outside, remember, its internal powers are magical), you can pretty much get away with adding it to just about anything.
Loving Spinach at Breakfast:
I absolutely love sautéing up fresh spinach with mushrooms and onions and adding it to my scrambled eggs. (Don’t forget to add the hot sauce)!
Adding to a smoothie! (Recipe below).
Loving Spinach at Lunch:
Throwing it on a sandwich with your favorite meats
Use it as a bed underneath your tuna salad, salmon salad, and veggies
Loving Spinach at Dinner:
Sauté fresh spinach with sweet potatoes, zucchini, peppers, onions, for a healthy vegetable mix as a side to your protein of choice (Don’t forget, if you’re going to sauté spinach you’ll need to add a little bit of water, and probably add MORE spinach to the pan than you think is enough, because it will dry up and evaporate a little).
Salad: One of my favorite, quick, go-to salads involves using spinach and kale as the base, adding shrimp, hard-boiled eggs, black beans and garbanzo beans, and topping with salsa. It’s. Delicious.
Points to remember:
Always make sure your fresh spinach has been washed and is clean.
If you take any blood thinner medications, or other medications that may interact with certain fruits and vegetables, you might want to check with your doctor about the appropriate amounts, if any, of spinach you should be consuming.
Remember: I’m not a doctor. I just love food.
Favorite Spinach Protein Smoothie Recipe:
1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach
1 handful frozen pineapple (You can also add mango, or any of your other favorite fruits to change the taste up a bit)
8 oz coconut water
1 cup ice
1 scoop vanilla protein (you choose your favorite brand!)
Blend and Enjoy!
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