I unashamedly admit that I can eat spinach out of and by the bag, so much so we usually have to pick up a spare one for my mid-cooking snacking habits. There’s something ‘so fresh and so clean clean’ about spinach that it always cleanses the palette and tastes friggin’awesome with everything you pair it with; be it in a sandwich, a salad, cooked down for curry, baked for chips, you cannot go wrong with these delicious green leaves.
But why the big hoo-hah over some leaves Lauren? Well because they’re not only lovely to eat but they’re also a great source of nutrients and vitamins that help you feel great and make your body smile (smody? Not as good as smizing) – so I’m here to preach once again about the health benefits of my fave foods, and why you should give spinach a go this week…
1. Spinach has the most remarkable quality of restoring energy, vitality and quality to the blood due to it’s rich source of iron – all the more reason to eat bowls of it!
2. Prepare for a long list of vitamins now, as spinach is packed with them! These leaves are full of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid, as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it’s pretty hard to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach!
3. For a more in depth view of the nutrients above, one cup of raw spinach contains 27 calories, 0.86 grams of protein, 30 milligrams of calcium, 0.81 grams of iron, 24 milligrams of magnesium, 167 milligrams of potassium, 2813 IUs of Vitamin A and 58 micrograms of folate. Most of the calories in spinach come from protein which is awesome if you’re not a meat eater like myself and need to get sources of it any which way you can.
4. As I said before, spinach is one of the best sources of dietary magnesium which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, a healthy immune system and maintaining blood pressure. Magnesium also plays a part in hundreds more biochemical reactions that occur in the body. Those with digestive disorders, alcoholic, older adults and individuals taking medications such as antibiotics and diuretics are more likely to have a magnesium deficiency and should consume more leafy greens, so if you’ve had some regular heavy nights, get some spinach on your plate!
5. Small, tender leaves of spinach tend to be softer and easier to digest, and spinach which is exposed to more light (even artificial) contains more nutrients than those stored in darkness – get those babies into the light!
6. Cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits! Half a cup of cooked spinach will give you three times as much nutrition as one cup of raw spinach . That’s because the body cannot completely break down the nutrients in raw spinach for its use (weeps for all my raw salads!) However, research studies show that taking spinach in juice form is actually the healthiest way to consume it. Blend spinach with other vegetables or fruits to create a delicious glass of juice, or try a green smoothie!
7. Now, this is a bit icky, but it’s very essential – spinach not only nourishes the eyes and bones, but it helps clear the colon and mucus linings of your stomach, protecting you from ulcers and digestive issues whilst flushing out toxins. Now that’s one powerful leaf.
8. Beauty lovers, you’ll be pleased to know that spinach is great for your skin due to it’s high water content and that regular consumption can improve your skin dramatically! Wooohooo!
9. Spinach is also a brain-friendly food which slows down any brain or age-degeneration, so you’ll be doing crosswords long into your 90’s if you eat it regularly.
10. Finally, spinach is a big fighter in the combat of any diseases and cancers due to the nutritional values it possesses, plus it is a huge help in the movement of cardiovascular health. Spinach can help regulate blood-pressure and prevent harmful cholesterol from damaging your heart.
(Also remember to thoroughly wash spinach due to use of pesticides in harvesting, and to consume with other high-Vitamin C foods to allow a full absorption of calcium and other vitamins that can be hard to digest!)
Health benefits of spainch, done. I’m pretty impressed to be honest, and I’ve definitely noticed how my body responds to spinach when eating it with vitamin C packed foods, so fresh and filling! Whether you start stirring it into your curry, wilting it down with some crushed garlic, or packing it into your salads with some veg, I’ll see you on the salad aisle to stock up on the green goddess.
Are you a fan of spinach? What is your favourite green veg? Did you know how jam-packed with nutrients and health benefits spinach was?
Lots of Love,
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