Although March 26 was officially National Spinach Day, you can enjoy it all year long.
Spinach is a versatile vegetable that you can mix with pretty much anything. You can eat these beautiful greens wilted, blended, or simply as they are.
Benefits of Spinach
Spinach is filled with many health and nutritional benefits. Here are some of the primary reasons you should incorporate it into your meals.
Promotes healthy vision
Spinach contains beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which all play a role in healthy vision. They protect your eyes from sunlight damage and can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). That way, you can maintain sharp and clear vision longer.
Helps manage blood pressure
Spinach is rich in nitrates that aid in managing healthy blood pressure. The nitric oxides open up the vessels to allow the smooth flow of blood, preventing clots and heart attacks.
Excellent source of iron and folate
Iron and folate are both essential for a healthy pregnancy. Iron gives you energy, strengthens your immune system, and improves cognitive and physical performance. Folate helps with cell growth and metabolism. It’s vital for healthy fetal development.
Ready to start incorporating spinach in your meals?
6 Tasty Spinach Recipes
Now that we got you excited about spinach, here are six fun recipes. They can all be modified with gluten-free and nondairy ingredients to meet your family’s dietary preferences.
Creamy Spinach Mushroom Curry
This quick and easy recipe is full of healthy nutrients. Simply mix mushrooms, spinach, coconut milk, and curry powder into a pot, and you’ve got yourself a deliciously creamy dish. It takes only 15 minutes to make – plus, it’s vegan!
Here’s a lovely, cheesy lasagna recipe for the pasta lovers out there. Filled with spinach and ricotta, it’s an entirely vegetarian dish that is tasty and healthy.
Grilled Cheese & Spinach Sandwich
Looking for a quick snack? You can’t go wrong with the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Use gluten-free bread and vegan cheese if your family is nondairy. Make it better by adding some spinach leaves to it, and voila! You have yourself a delicious treat.
The signature creamed spinach is a perfect side dish for any meal. It’s an easy recipe that only requires onions, garlic, spinach, butter, and cream cheese. Simply sauté your veggies and add the cheese to give it that creamy texture.
Spinach Egg Breakfast Burrito
Start your day off right with a spinach and egg breakfast burrito. Cook a couple of scrambled eggs, warm up some tortillas, and sprinkle it with spinach and salsa (or chopped tomatoes). It’s a light and nutritious food that will leave you full and energized for the morning.
It’s much better than what you think. Mix apple juice, spinach, banana, pineapple chunks, and vanilla yogurt in a blender, and you have a nice, cool drink for the warm weather. Replace the vanilla yogurt with our Vanilla Ice Cream protein powder to make it even more nutritious!
Be Strong and Healthy Like Popeye
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, your kids will have enough spinach to make them as strong as good ole sailor man Popeye.
Cap their breakfast off with our ABC’s & 123’s multivitamins to ensure your kids are getting all the nutrients they need.
In 2022, National Public Health Week runs from April 4 to April 10. Each day focuses on a critical aspect of public health. The last day, Sunday, April 10, is dedicated to mental health. So, this seems like a great time to talk more about mental health and what things parents and parents-to-be can do to improve theirs.