We definitely love superfoods here at Nutiva. We are proud of our amazingly nutritious and certified-organic products and consider ourselves superfood super heroes. But did you know that you are probably a superfood super hero and you didn’t even know it? While the benefits of chia seeds & hemp seeds are impressive, you may be surprised to know that you probably already have superfoods in your refrigerator. In our series about easy to find superfoods, we’ll cover some nutritious foods that you can incorporate into your home easily. You may already have some! Today we feature a vegetable that the good ol’ cartoon character Popeye made popular: spinach.
Spinach has been in the public eye for quite some time. From the classic creamed spinach craze during holidays, to Popeye’s use of it as the power fuel that helped him grow strong muscles, spinach has had its share of time in the limelight. Unfortunately, spinach can sometimes get something of a bad rap for being a slimy, not-so-appetizing canned veggie. Let’s clear that up, shall we?
Spinach is loaded with vitamin A, and just like most greens will give you a good dose of vitamin K and C as well. You can also expect to get some vitamin B2 & B6 and even some minerals. Throw in some fiber, iron & nitrates and you’re looking at an easy to find superfood. People have been singing its praises for some time now as a great addition to your diet for a number of reasons.
Spinach as a bridge to other greens
Spinach is also a wonderful green because the taste is relatively mild and can be something of a bridge to eating greens with a powerful taste like chard. If your palette is only used to iceberg and romaine lettuce and jumping to dandelion greens and kale is a scary idea to you, start with some spinach. Over time you will develop the ability to eat these stronger flavored greens and even grow to crave their unique flavors. Darker greens are loaded with a lot more nutrients than iceberg or romaine lettuce, and your body will thank you for adding them into your diet.
How to use spinach
This accessible veggie is great raw in your salads. Think about adding strawberries, hemp seeds, walnuts and some vinaigrette for a bright tasting salad that even the pickiest eater would love. Throw some spinach in your next scramble and include it in your sautéed veggies. There are lots of incredible recipes at the Nutiva Kitchen that include spinach, like Spinach & Cheese Pasta and Goody Goody Green Smoothie. Did you say spinach in a smoothie? Yep, and you won’t even notice it’s there.
If you already use spinach, feel empowered knowing that you are providing a great superfood for you and your loved ones. If you have been hesitant to try it, now’s the time!
We’d love to hear how you like to use spinach. Are you surprised to learn that it’s considered a superfood? Let us know in the comments section below.