December 5, 2012

Popeye got it right spinach is not only a healthy vegetable it really does give a power boost. This humble green vegetable is jam packed with goodness & has zero fat content, it really is an A-MAZING veggie. There are several varieties of spinach grown in many parts of the world but mainly here is Australia we have Silver beet which is a dark green crinkly & curly type leaf, English Spinach which is a small green leaf variety & then there is the Asian variety. The leaves are the main part to eat but you can eat the stems if you choose too. Silver beet has a thick white stem which most prefer to remove as it can be a little woody. So why did Popeye think spinach was so good? Well it’s easy here are some nutritional facts:

  • Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol
  • High in Dietary Fibre,
  • Packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Thiamine, Folate & Zinc.

Cooking with Spinach – To prepare spinach just give it a good wash under the tap but don’t soak it in water as this will cause a decrease in the vitamin value & also the taste. Don’t wash spinach before putting in the fridge & it will keep fresher longer if placed in a sealed plastic bag. There are lots of ways to include spinach in your recipes such as tossed in a salad, cooked in a stir-fry or quiche or as a side vegetable. I also love it in lasagnas or in soups & vegetable juicing too.


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Here are 6 good reasons why you should include Spinach into your diet.

  1. Eating just one cup of cooked spinach is as good as getting 35% of the body’s required supply of iron for the day?
  2. Spinach can also assist in curing anaemia which causes brittle nails, pale complexion, itching, hair dryness & drying of the mouth.
  3. Iron is needed by the body to produce the right amount of oxygen which is an important element in restoring broken tissues.
  4. It also helps in maintaining the skin’s firmness through the increased production of collagen & elastin.
  5. It also has neoxanthins that break up prostate cancer cells.
  6. It can also help fight colon & breast cancer, researchers discovered that the juice of spinach has compounds that helps stop cancer cells from multiplying in the stomach & skin. So eat up and enjoy some amazing health benefits.
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  • Love spinach and kale. I cook it up with brown rice, cheese, an egg, cover and bake. Delicious

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  • We love spinach … it so easy to hide

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  • i am trying to find recipes with spinach now. i make a spinach and riccotta lasagna type of dish and it is so nice but other than just the usual way of cooking it, i don’t have any other recipes. i also have made juice with it.

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  • Love my spinach wether fresh or cooked.

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  • Never realised how good it was for me thanks for sharing

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  • I love spinach. Great in a veggie lasagne or juicing it with kale, carrot & apple. Yummo!

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  • Thank goodness my kids have always loved their spinach. We eat all kinds of spinach especially KALE. We love our fresh drinks we make adding spinach leaves and a apple are just delicious.

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  • Wow I can’t believe how good spinich is for you will be trying to hide this in a loy of different foods.

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  • If you grow your own spinach I’ve the kids are more enthusiastic about harvesting it and cooking with it and eating it.

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  • I love eating baby spinach.. Tastes so yummy just wilted.

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  • Popeye’s taste buds must have been defective – spinach tastes very yucky to me and I know how wonderful it really is but I just can’t cope with it. I have eaten it before, under duress.

    I take chlorophyll as I know I don’t eat enough greenery.

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  • We grow our own silver beet and use it daily.


    • Oh we love our silver beet, wish I had a green thumb to grow veggies.

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  • Okay, if it will make me look younger

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  • Didn’t know that soaking spinach destroys the vitamins.

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  • it is such an easy plant to grow, I love that I dont have to remove the whole plant, just snip the leaves and watch more grow back

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