For many, just the mention of spinach conjures up the image of Popeye the Sailor Man! If I remember correctly, when there was trouble, Popeye would crack open a can of spinach, down it in a few gulps and was ready to take on the world! Spinach was this amazing leafy green food that instantly gave him huge arm muscles and superhuman strength.
Well, spinach is an amazing food, packed with several antioxidants, minerals, iron, fiber and believe it or not, is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids! Just 100 g of spinach contains 25% of our daily iron requirement and 402% of our vitamin K, which plays an important role in brain neuronal health. (Rudrappa, 2009-15)
Wow! I always knew that spinach was good for you but I never realized how much nutrition is packed in those beautiful dark green leaves. Over the last little while, it has popped up as a topping at some sandwich shops, found its way onto pizzas, and is added to just about every smoothie recipe around. Baby spinach leaves are delicate and fresh and tasty. The dark green crinkled variety is the one most often cooked with. Remember to wash the leaves really well as they ‘hold onto’ grit. Please buy organic spinach when you can or try growing some in your garden!
Growing up in an Italian home, mom used to quick boil some spinach, drain it and then sauté it in lots of garlic and olive oil. She sometimes sprinkled some red pepper flakes on it too! This was typically served as a side for a chicken or steak dish. I loved spinach even back then. It’s one of those easy-on-the-budget super healthy foods that can be incorporated into so many recipes, and that makes me very happy 🙂
Check out this yummy spinach recipe:
Summer Spinach Salad
Did You Know?
- The spinach growing town of Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of Popeye in 1937.
- March 26th is National Spinach Day (USA)
- Spinach is native to Persia, modern day Iran.