Are spinach, greens, and salad your go-to side dishes and snacks? Yes, I said snacks. Oh, am I the only one who eats salads as a snack? Because I do, and they’re delicious.
They are also beyond healthy and spinach is one of the best ‘lettuces’ to eat. Here are all the reasons you need more spinach in your life and the best ways to enjoy this super food.
Spinach is so beneficial for you. When you eat spinach, you are ingesting lots of water and also lots of vitamins. Also, most of the carbs in spinach are fibrous, meaning you’re getting that benefit, too. The insoluble fiber you get from eating spinach helps your digestive system move correctly and that makes for a happy belly.
Spinach is full of vitamins and supplies you with Vitamin A, C, and K1. You will also get folic acid, iron, and calcium. As you can see, spinach is extremely nutrient rich, and what more could we really ask for from our food?
Because Spinach is so good for you, it has even more benefits. You will see (pun intended) good eye health, cancer prevention, and good blood pressure, all because of spinach.
Want to know all the most enjoyable ways to eat spinach? Of course you do, and here they are!
Spinach salads are great tasting and oh so easy to throw together. Spinach acts as your lettuce, or you could add others in to have a mix. Add carrots, egg, bacon, red cabbage, sunflower seeds, a little bit of cheese, and dressing and you’ve got it made! For a more filling or substantial meal, top with chicken, shrimp, steak, or even make a Spinach Taco Salad!
Sautéed Spinach and Garlic
Garlic lovers will enjoy this simple but delicious dish. All you have to do is saute down some fresh spinach. Add crushed or diced garlic, and cook for only about a minute. (You don’t want the garlic to burn!) Add salt and pepper, and maybe even some red pepper flakes for a little heat and there you have it. A quick and easy, delicious dish.
You can always add extra veggies to your lasagna, and people love spinach in their lasagna. Make sure to saute it first and definitely add some garlic, salt, and pepper before layering it in with the rest of the ingredients. The more you add, the healthier the addition.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
This dip is a crowd pleaser and really easy, too. Also, it’s on menus across the nation, so you don’t have to make it at home to enjoy it. But in case you want to make it at home, well this recipe needs the spinach to be cooked or sautéed as well. Then, add in all the melty cheesy goodness like cream cheese, and Parmesan cheese, as well as mayonnaise and sour cream. Of course you need garlic and spices for taste, too. For extra nutrition, use carrot sticks, and celery for dipping.
Even if spinach isn’t your favorite and you don’t like it as a snack, (come on, it’s not that weird, is it?) you will enjoy one of these recipes and your body will be thankful, too. Plus, spinach is always available and ready for the buying.