Spinach…And Popeye’s! Yeah that’s the only thing that comes to mind when we think about spinach, or one of the few that we can recall right?
I still wonder if Popeye really liked spinach or if it was just a matter of strength…any guess?
Anyway I do remember that having spinach the way Popeye did never seemed the most attractive way for me, so after growing up and hating spinach as a child I gave it a try and now it’s one of the most common ingredient in my salads. I must say that having raw spinach is like having lettuce if you can have it with a nice dressing, so I invite you to give it a try if you’re still a spinach “runaway-er” 😉 with the following salad.
Just to recall Spinach’s high nutritional value, I must says that with only 7 calories in a cup, it provides big amounts of several vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. As you can see in the following nutritional table, it has big amounts of vitamin K, reason why it consumption should be control in people with anticoagulant treatments (taking Warfarine) since vitamin K interferes with coagulation processes.
|Serving Size 1 cup (30g)|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|Total Fat 0 g||0%|
|Saturated 0 g||0%|
|Colesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 24 mg||1%|
|Potasium 167 mg||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||0%|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Protein 1 g|
Many recognize spinach as a great source of iron, but others affirm that it’s type of iron (nonheme iron) is not correctly, or abundantly absorbed. You can read more about iron and it’s absorption here.
Nutritious Strawberry Peach Salad (serves 1)
Two halves of canned peaches
Spinach (as much as you like)
1/4 cup of canned peached juice
1 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of chia seeds
1. Wash the spinach and strawberries.
3. Add the dressing and enjoy.