Kale may get all the praise but what about all of the other, very deserving, dark leafy greens? I remember when spinach was the go-to green and it was for good reason. Spinach is delicious and VERY nutrient dense. Spinach, much like kale, is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin A as well as folate, magnesium, iron, calcium (move over milk), b vitamins and vitamin C. There is practically a multivitamin in most greens! Spinach is also a mild green making it more approachable to most plus it’s inexpensive. Try it fresh or frozen. Here are a few recipes to inspire you.
Try It: Add fresh, baby spinach leaves to your salad or smoothies. Sauté greens with garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper for a simple side. You can incorporate cooked and raw spinach into most any dish. Try pasta, grain salads and frittatas.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Spinach Smoothie (serves 2-3)
1-2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
1-2 cups of spinach
1-2 tablespoon unsweetened dark cocoa powder
2-3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 teaspoons honey
Blend and serve.
Smoky Chickpeas with Spinach – Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD of Marissa Moore Nutrition
Mini Spinach and Sweet Potato Frittata – Jodi Danen, RDN of Create Kids Club
Synergy Power Fuel Green Smoothie – Lindsay Cotter, Nutrition Specialist of Cotter Crunch
Blueberry Spinach Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette – Brittany Poulson, MDA, RDN, CD, CDE of Your Choice Nutrition
Spinach Artichoke Chicken – Amanda Hernandez, MA, RD of The Nutritionist Reviews
By: Katie Cavuto, RD