If you remember, as I do, rooting for Popeye to hurry up and eat his spinach, then you can just hear me rooting for you to hurry up and eat your spinach.
Although it's had a bad rap for so long, there are way too many health benefits to this magnificent green leaf that you would be "weak" to not follow through with the below suggestions.
Enjoy and "Eat for Life"
A bit of information first:
Broad Spectrum Nutrition
With such a high number of nutrients and such a low caloric content, spinach constitutes a solid way to get a lot of nutrition without eating a lot of calories. Spinach makes a vegetarian source of protein and fiber and is relatively low in carbohydrates.
Flavonoids in spinach can act as antioxidants, which can prevent the arterial plaques that lead to heart disease. The rich magnesium content may be useful for lowering high blood pressure, and the folate content also has cardiovascular benefits.
Protection Against Cancer
Some of the antioxidants in spinach might have benefits for protection against cancer, particularly vitamin A, which can protect against lung cancer.
Benefits for the Brain
Some studies done on spinach have shown that it has benefits for brain function and preventing brain fog. Spinach has also been shown to have some protective qualities against Alzheimer’s disease.
What's in It
Spinach is low in calories, low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and high in fiber. Spinach is also rich in a wide variety of nutrients, including vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, and calcium.
What to Do with It
You can include spinach in your diet in a variety of ways. You can eat it raw in a salad. You can sauté it lightly with a healthy oil and garlic. Spinach blends in remarkably well to a smoothie; it is a great way to add nutrition to a smoothie without an overpowering taste.
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