- Spinach is a rich source of vitamins A, B2, B6, C, E, and K.
- This leafy green also contains calcium, iron, folate, manganese, and magnesium.
- And don’t forget about the protein and fiber in spinach.
Not sure what all those nutrients do? Let me tell you. Because of these nutrients, eating spinach can reduce your risk of cancer, improve brain functioning, slow aging, reduce your risk of heart disease, boost your immune system, protect your vision, lower high blood pressure, help maintain bone health, and decrease inflammation. Wow! But it gets even better: You can reap all these benefits in very few calories—just 7 calories per cup of spinach!
Even with all the benefits of spinach, I’m guessing many of us struggle to include it in our daily fare. Maybe you or your family equate spinach with the soggy, slimy green stuff you get from a can. I know I did–until I was introduced to fresh spinach, which is a far cry from Popeye’s cans of spinach. But if you’re still a little hesitant, here are some recipes that will allow you to “sneak” spinach into your diet. The green hue will be the only reminder that you’re eating something made with this superfood!
- Creamy Spinach Dip
- Jolly Green Smoothie
- Peaches and Cream Green
- Potato Spinach Cakes
- Spinach Ice Cream
- Vegetable Frittata
- Velvety Spinach Soup
- Whole Wheat Spinach Pasta
P.S. Making green smoothies is one of the easiest ways to sneak in spinach. If you’ve tried the green smoothies above and are ready to branch out, check out our tips for creating your own green smoothie recipes.