Written by Maureen Pryatel
Part of National Nutrition Month 2014
What words come to mind when you hear the word “spinach?” Let me guess: did the words gross, yuck, and blah come to mind? Well, clear your mind of those negative connotations about spinach because this superfood is about to become your favorite vegetable!
You might ask, well why should I eat spinach, anyway? Spinach is a great source of vitamin K, which helps with the mineralization of bones in our bodies. In addition to vitamin K, a serving of spinach contains a substantial amount of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, iron, folate, and magnesium, just to name a few. Spinach has many health benefits, and there is a way to eat spinach that makes it taste good.
A great way to incorporate spinach into your meals is to make it a hidden ingredient, and make it seem like you are not even eating it. Spinach can be blended into smoothies, which gives them a unique green color but tastes just the same. It can also be hidden in common dishes such as omelets, or quiche. Hide spinach at the bottom of your salad and pile all of your other ingredients on top. You might even forget the spinach is there!
There is no need to compromise taste when it comes to eating healthy; you just have to be creative and find ways that work for you. So give it a try and add some spinach to your meals–you won’t regret taking a spin on spinach!
The World’s Healthiest Foods. (2014). Retrieved from: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43