I have really been trying to increase the amount of vegetables I eat in a day. As you can see from the Great Veggie Experiment, this is one area that is a struggle for me since I was a youngin, but I decided to just go ahead and live dangerously and try something new fairly often. We always need to challenge ourselves, right?
I bought a ginormous bag of spinach at the store on Sunday, all cleaned and prepped, which is way easier than buying the bunch spinach. I think the price is pretty comparable when you consider taking the leaves off the stems. So, the last couple days have included the Big Green Smoothie!
This looks like a Magic Window, only green (anyone else remember these??) . If you have yet to jump on the spinach smoothie bandwagon, I urge you to do so. You really cannot taste it – this one had at least 2 cups of spinach it it (plus honey, cinnamon, vanilla protein powder, ice, and water). I kind of laugh at myself that I have to ‘fool’ myself into eating vegetables, but you know – whatever works, right? If only I had a true love for veggies growing up, I think trying to lose weight would have been a lot easier in the past.
Anyway – on to the wonderful benefits of spinach! Time fer some lernin!
Spinach is really one of those superfoods. It can have healthy benefits on the following systems:
- Eyes – Lutein, vitamin A (2 cups has 150% of your RDA!)
- Bones – Calcium
- Skin – Vitamin C and A, antioxidants
- Heart – Folic acid, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium
- Brain – Folate, vitamin C
- Muscles – Protein and amino acids
What a great food! And to think that I really thought I disliked it, or only found it tolerable as part of a cheesy spinach dip LOL!
Question: Do you eat spinach? If so, what is your favorite way to eat (or drink!) it?