Spinach has many benefits for our bodies! It is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals such as such as folic acid, iron, calcium and vitamins A, C, and K. Spinach is also filled with several antioxidants, which help reduce oxidative stress and the damage it causes (i.e. accelerated aging). Another key highlight of spinach is its low calorie and high fibre content. The insoluble fibre found in spinach adds bulk to our stool and aids in regularity by helping food and waste pass through our gut.
Spinach is 2nd on the Environmental Working Group Dirty Dozen list. This means spinach has one of the highest amounts of pesticide residue. The Environmental Working Group list is based on samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. The produce is tested for pesticides after it has been prepared to be eaten (i.e. thoroughly washed and when applicable, peeled). By purchasing organic spinach you will avoid these pesticides.
15 Ways to Add Spinach!
Make a quick salad using a handful of spinach and cherry tomatoes.
Add on top of soup with some grated fresh parmesan cheese.
Add on top of pizza with a drizzle of olive oil.
Add a handful to your smoothie in the morning.
Wilt some spinach in the pan as you are finishing your eggs. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.
Add to your sandwiches.
Add to your stews or soups right at the end of cooking.
Serve sautéed spinach as a side dish.
Puree baby spinach in a blender and freeze in an ice cube tray for quick addition to smoothies, soups or sauces.
Freeze spinach leaves whole and keep in a bag to add to smoothies.
Add spinach to pasta sauces at the end of cooking.
Add spinach to your omelette.
Add spinach to baked dishes like casseroles and quiche.
Blend spinach into homemade or pre-made pesto, guacamole, and hummus.
Add spinach to homemade burgers.