Everyone knows this leafy green. Love or hate it, it’s too good for you not to try to sneak it into your meals while it’s fresh and in season!
Why It’s Good For You
- Contains vitamin K, manganese, folate, magnesium, fiber, and vitamin A
- Antioxidants help prevent oxidation of cholesterol
- Mg helps blood pressure
Source: Maria O’Brien’s article on LiveStrong.com
Photo by: Flickr user Artizone
How To Work It Into Your Meals
My favorite way to enjoy spinach is raw, in a salad. However, if you’re looking to get the most nutrition out of this leafy superfood, you may want to try some appetizers or even soups with cooked spinach.
If you’re looking to add it to your kids’ meals or if you want to heighten the nutrient benefits, it may be better blended in a smoothie or steamed and mixed in with some other more popular ingredients (like a spanikopita recipe). This is also better for regular leaf spinach. Baby spinach is more commonly used in salads these days, while leaf spinach tends to be used for steaming.
Like it raw? Check out our Spring Salad with Baby Spinach recipe!
Check out the New York Times for some great recipes for cooked spinach.