Eat More Spinach
Why you should eat more and how to easily incorporate it into your diet
From the LifeMinute.TV Team
March 26, 2021
Normally when it comes to healthy eating, the leafier and greener the better and that is certainly the case with Popeye’s favorite, spinach. In honor of National Spinach Day, here are the multiple benefits of eating Spinacia Oleracea and how to incorporate it into your daily diet in delicious ways.
Low in Fat, High in Nutrients
Three cups of raw spinach is just 20 calories but packs 300% of the daily dose needed for vitamin K, more than 160% of the daily goal for vitamin A, and about 40% for vitamin C. These vitamins keep your bones strong, and skin and hair healthy. Spinach is also loaded with antioxidants that reduce inflammation and disease.
Gives You Energy
We all remember how Popeye got pumped every time he downed a can of spinach but the truth is spinach really does give you power. It contains magnesium which helps your stamina throughout the day and is also a great source of folate, a nutrient that helps your body turn food into usable energy.
Protects Your Eyes
Spinach contains the plant compounds lutein and zeaxanthin that help your eyes filter blue light and get rid of free radicals in your retina. This helps to lower the risk of developing age-related macular eye degeneration.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Spinach is high in potassium which aids the kidneys in flushing sodium out of your system, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
How to Easily Eat More Spinach?
Try blending it in a smoothie, with a fat source such as avocado or nuts, even peanut butter to get the most benefits. You can also make nutritious and delicious dips with it such as spinach and artichoke or hummus. Try a delicious spring salad with a spinach base.
If you don’t like it raw you can sauté it with some garlic and a little olive oil, try it in a turkey burger, add it into an omelet or quiche or as a topping on pizza.