If you’re not already a spinach fan, you will be after you’ve read this post. Bold, beautiful, nutrient-rich, and one of our fave leafy greens, spinach is incredibly versatile. Enjoy it as the featured ingredient in a magnificent main dish, as the headliner in a salad, or as a splendid side dish.
Health benefits of spinach
Spinach is loaded with health benefits. Remember Popeye? This superfood is loaded with iron, B vitamins, Vitamin A, C, K and E, dietary fiber, calcium, and magnesium. Think about it this way: a plate of spinach is the equivalent of a bear hug for your immune system. Wow!
Fun facts about spinach
You’ll appreciate these really fun facts about spinach:
- A half cup of cooked spinach contains 10% of your daily recommended value of iron.
- There are three main varieties of spinach: Flat leaf is the best known (leaves are smooth and shaped like tear drops). Savoy and Semi-Savoy are wrinkly and more intense in flavor.
- Spinach is most nutritious when consumed fresh. After eight days, spinach has already lost 50% of its nutrients.
- If you want your spinach to last a long time, freeze it while it’s still fresh.
It's easier than ever to incorporate spinach into your diet. Check out these great recipes to help get you started.
4 splendid spinach recipes
This nutrient-loaded Kale Slaw can be a side or a main. It features shredded kale and spinach, fresh mint, cilantro, raisins, and pumpkin seeds, tossed together in a flavorful Asian-sesame dressing. The combination of these flavors and textures will not disappoint. Is your mouth watering yet?
Try the spinach recipe: Kale Slaw
Plant-Based Tomato Mozzarella Lasagna
Just say “yes” to this glorious and satisfying meal! Layered with a rich tomato sauce, creamed spinach, homemade plant-based mozzarella, and noodles — this lasagna is one that will be your go-to on those days when you have a craving for the oh-so-tasty goodness only a hot plate of lasagna can satisfy. Consider making it for friends or family!
Try the spinach recipe: Plant-Based Tomato Mozzarella Lasagna
Black Bean, Spinach & Smoked Gooda Cheeze Quesadillas
The quesadilla is exactly what you need right now. Flavor and fun all packed into one. Featuring spinach, beans, caramelized onions, and a delicious cheeze sauce — made from cashews, nutritional yeast, beer, miso paste, and other flavorings — this is one irresistible dish.
Try the spinach recipe: Black Bean, Spinach & Smoked Gooda Cheeze Quesadillas
This simple snack is packed with two cups of fresh spinach. Talk about an easy way to incorporate spinach in your daily life. This humble hummus is made with chickpeas, edamame beans, and fresh spinach, elevating it to green glory status!
Try the spinach recipe: Edamame-Spinach Hummus
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