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Be Like Popeye and Eat your Spinach…Daily!

Today I was reading an article on “Eat This, Not That” and they mentioned some foods that you should eat EVERYDAY! The list was pretty basic – Spinach, Yogurt, Tomatoes, Carrots, Blueberries, Black Beans, Walnuts and Oats.  I’m not really sure why these 8 foods are the most important, but I was interested in Spinach, since I just started really enjoying it in my diet. Here is their reason why we should eat it daily, what it can do for us, and how to incorporate it into our daily diets. Get the full article here.
The Low Down on Spinach

It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower. This noted muscle builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. And spinach is packed with lutein, a compound that fights macular degeneration. Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup cooked per day.

Substitutes: Kale, bok choy, romaine lettuce

FIT IT IN: Make your salads with spinach; add spinach to scrambled eggs; drape it over pizza; mix it with marinara sauce and then microwave for an instant dip.

PINCH HITTER: Sesame Stir-Braised Kale > Heat 4 cloves minced garlic, 1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger, and 1 tsp. sesame oil in a skillet. Add 2 Tbsp. water and 1 bunch kale (stemmed and chopped). Cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain. Add 1 tsp. soy sauce and 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds.

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