Spinach: Popeye wasn’t Wrong!

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Spinach

Almost every vegetable contains a wide variety of phytonutrients, including flavonoids and carotenoids, but Spinach is a star for its particularly high phytonutrient content. These compounds function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. Spinach also provides powerful antioxidant protection. Not to mention its high folate and fiber content, which researchers think might also reduce cancer risk, plus folate helps your body produce new cells and repair DNA. Repair away spinach!

Added Benefits

Vitamin K is essential for bone health, and it is hard to find a vegetable richer in Vitamin K, than spinach. It’s also an excellent source of other bone supporting nutrients like calcium and magnesium. The lutein in spinach is what’s thought to protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts.
Out of all the leafy greens, spinach is thought to be one of the most nutrient dense. So take a cue from Popeye (minus the can, of course) fresh is best!
Spinach is a must in my morning green smoothie, but you can also enjoy it in salads, steamed or sautéed with a little garlic and olive oil or another simple option is to stir it into soups just before serving. This is a great way to add a nutritious boost to any soup or stew.

Here are two of my spinach favorites!

“Clean Eating Garlic Spinach” from The Gracious Pantry www.graciouspantry.com Try this hearty “Lentil Spinach Soup” from The Garden Grazer www.gardengrazer.com Who was your favorite…Popeye or Olive? email_signoff1

About Alison

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