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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Dish on Spinach

Popeye loved it, but did he actually know how good it was for him?  Spinach is loaded with many vitamins & minerals that are important to be healthy.  A 3 cup serving has 10% of a day's potassium, 510% of a day's vitamin K, 160% of a day's vitamin A, 40% of a day's vitamin C and folate, 15% of a days magnesium and iron, and 8 % of a days calcium and fiber need...All for 20 calories!
Knowing the vitamins & minerals isn't enough, you have to consume it to get the benefits.  But knowing how to incorporate it in your meal plan can sometimes be a challenge if it's a new food for you.  Salads are a great way to boost your spinach intake.  Purchase ready-to-eat spinach out of the bag and making a nice healthy-portion salad by including your favorite veggies and a low-calorie salad dressing.  Spinach makes for great flavor addition to sandwiches, pitas, wraps, etc. by just adding a thick layer of leaves! Or, you could make a spinach and low-fat cheese omelet or egg scramble (using an egg substitute) to get more spinach in for breakfast. 
Finecooking.com has great recipes & other helpful information about spinach benefits & uses.

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