It’s one of nature’s superfoods, spinach is packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and has almost no calories. It’s not nearly as bitter as other leafy greens, and it’s always worth going organic.
Unfortunately, as much as we love spinach, many of us struggle to incorporate it into our diets. But there are plenty of sneaky ways you can work it into your diet without eating it raw from the packet.
Soup – You can effectively up the nutritional value of homemade or even canned soup. Add a couple handfuls of baby spinach to the pan or bowl before adding the soup and heating in the microwave or on the stove.
Wilted – You can easily cook a tasty side dish of spinach by adding several handfuls of baby spinach to a pan of warmed olive or coconut oil. Turn it over with a pair of tongs, and season with salt and pepper, then stir in some minced garlic and sprinkle with lemon juice.
Smoothies – Every morning you can make yourself a green smoothie with a spinach base to get you moving! A handful of baby spinach and one whole banana makes a good base, then add your choice of fruit/veg, liquid, and supplements on top.Scramble – If you’re scrambling eggs or tofu, chuck in a couple handfuls of spinach to add some texture and up the nutrients of a very basic but tasty dish.
Salad – It’s shocking how many people forget they can add spinach leaves to their salad. Use it as a leafy base, and then add a variety of your favourite toppings such as toasted pecans, sundried tomatoes, and mandarin oranges slices.
Chilli & Bolognaise – Just before you serve up, roughly chop and stir in a handful of leaves.
Sandwiches – So simple, yet people often look straight over it! Adding spinach to your favourite chicken or ham sandwich is a great way to boost nutritional value and add a little something extra.