Spring has sprung here in Portland and it has gotten me focused on all the yummy, tender greens that are available at this time. While I love arugula, tender lettuces and other green tasties, spinach is one of my favorite standbys. I love spinach served almost any way and its mild taste make it a perfect addition to almost any dish. Spinach is one of those sneaky superfoods with tons of nutrition hidden in a low calorie package. One cup of raw spinach contains only 7 calories and is loaded with calcium, potassium and vitamin C.
Spinach is good for constipation because it is high in insoluble fiber, the kind of fiber that adds bulk to the stool as it passes through the digestive system.
Spinach’s high iron count make it an important tool for the formation of hemoglobin, which helps in the transportation of oxygen throughout the body.
Spinach provides a healthy dose of calcium which is essential for the health of bones and teeth.
Spinach is high in zeaxanthin and lutein, antioxidants that are important for eye health. These compounds may help protect the eyes from sun damage and help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
Spinach is also high in nitrates, which can be important in regulating blood pressure and reducing the possibility of heart disease. (Its high potassium content also has a positive impact on blood pressure.)
Given its high folate count, spinach is a great choice for pregnant women. Folate helps with the development of a fetus’s nervous system.
Finally, spinach is high in antioxidants which help combat the effects of aging on the body and can reduce the risk of cancer.
Given all these amazing benefits, how do you like incorporating spinach into your life? My favorite ways are stir fried, in smoothies or added to stews. Enjoy the Spring bounty.