Spinach is so goddamn sexy! Not to mention, it is essential to our lives. It is super low in calories yet at the same time has a ton of vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals - making it the perfect super green for losing weight, gaining muscle and maintaining good health.
Spinach consists of 91.4% water, 3.6% carbs, 2.6% protein and 0% fat. It helps us break down protein efficiently. It is loaded so many phytonutrients (which reduces blood pressure and inflammation) yet very low in calories. 200 grams of Spinach which is like 2 ½ prepackaged bags is only 46 calories! Now that’s fckn sexy.
Spinach aids digestion and constipation protecting the mucus lining of our stomach. Packed with potassium Spinach is important for muscle growth and efficiency. It’s loaded with nutrients designed to help your skin. It contains Vitamin A which improves your skin tone and Vitamin C which repairs your skin. It is the perfect quick relief for dry itchy skin leaving your complexion with a radiant glow. The nutrients are all in the spinach juice. You can boil it for two min or lightly sautée it with your finest extra virgin olive oil to get the juice. Spinach is also very high in Vitamin K which helps blood clots, prevents heart disease, builds strong muscles, and protects your liver.
Important Sidebar: You never want to freeze spinach to preserve it. Freezing it takes away most of its health benefits. It is best to buy it fresh and eat it fresh.
We absolutely need to be adding much more Spinach in our diet. It is crucial for our bodies but for our energy and our minds. Here are a few cute, little ways to add Spinach to our daily lives.
5 Quick Ways to incorporate Spinach into your diet:
Eggs in the morning, scrambled or omelette with Spinach. This is a terrific start to your day because it keeps both your brain and your eyes alert, young, and healthy.
Smoothies - partnered with fruits you don’t even taste the Spinach and it’ll turn any fruit smoothie into a green smoothie. This also helps set the tone for your appetite throughout the day. Here are a few of my favorite smoothies to make (especially before a workout).
Salads - making your Spinach salad colorful. Make it look sexy! I like to add cucumbers, grape tomatoes, avocado, broccoli, corn, mushrooms and colored peppers.
Put it on Burgers - I especially love clean, raw Spinach on my Salmon Burgers. It adds a bit of a crunch to the burger.
Rice - Sauteed and into any type of rice. One of my favorite dishes is long grain wild rice with sauteed Spinach, grilled mushrooms, peppers (red, yellow, green), and beans.
Always remember, your health is wealth. We control our diets, our lives, and our minds. And it is crucial we practice mindfulness when we design our diets. Now what are some ways you like to incorporate Spinach into your diet? Let’s get creative.