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.

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.
Annette’s cookbooks SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 1-6 are sold in all good newsagents or visit Annette’s website for more info, recipes and tips.  Check out Annette’s new 12 week Symply Slim & Healthy Mentoring Program at www.symplytoogood.com.au
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About The Author

Annette Sym is a bestselling author, Australia’s No. 1 low fat cooking expert, award winning businesswoman, and international motivational speaker. To date Annette has sold over 3.5 million of her Symply Too Good To Be True cookbooks all self published, and endorsed by Diabetes Australia.

Annette has received many accolades for her business success including recently being given a Senior Fellow Award of the Sunshine Coast University, Australia in recognition of her contributions to small business, entrepreneurship and health advocacy.  She has also received many other prestigious awards.

Annette has helped thousands of people to obtain a healthier and happier quality of life, and she continues to share her message of healthy, achievable and permanent weightloss through her low fat cookbook series, speaking events, workshops, her popular symplytoogood.com.au website, newsletter and Facebook page.

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  1. alioop

    March 19, 2014 at 9:02 am,

    MoM Rewards: alioop has a diamond MoM rewards level alioop said:

    Great read – I think spinach can so easily be mixed into meals – even mashed potato!

  2. shazzbot

    March 17, 2014 at 10:16 am,

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    Amazingly our kids love spinach. No complaints.

  3. rainbownerds

    March 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm,

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    love spinach in sandwiches, tastes great

  4. February 08, 2014 at 12:04 am,

    MoM Rewards: sizzlingcool has a diamond MoM rewards level sizzlingcool said:

    Popeye sure did. As a kid I was never fed it but aware it was full of iron. Rather weird because I didn’t know what iron was. Today I put it in as many dishes I can, even if its just for colour.

  5. mle00

    January 30, 2014 at 10:05 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mle00 has a diamond MoM rewards level mle00 said:

    Spinach is a great food but like kale and broccoli please cook it! Unless it is baby leaves!

  6. ljsalomon

    January 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm,

    MoM Rewards: ljsalomon has a diamond MoM rewards level ljsalomon said:

    Interesting read -thanks for sharing

  7. vikram77

    January 17, 2014 at 2:55 am,

    MoM Rewards: vikram77 has a diamond MoM rewards level vikram77 said:

    Thanks a lot for sharing. I loved reading it. Great suggestions.

  8. stacey_max

    January 06, 2014 at 2:02 pm,

    MoM Rewards: stacey_max has a diamond MoM rewards level stacey_max said:

    I love spinach, some great suggestions here

  9. January 04, 2014 at 7:01 pm,

    MoM Rewards: nicoleandchris2013 has a diamond MoM rewards level nicoleandchris2013 said:

    I should eat more spinach, thank u for sharing this :)

  10. chicken83

    January 02, 2014 at 9:40 pm,

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    I love spinach. I put a handful in a salad, in my pasta, in my sandwich, pretty much in anything.

  11. vikram77

    January 02, 2014 at 2:27 am,

    MoM Rewards: vikram77 has a diamond MoM rewards level vikram77 said:

    Thanks for a great article. Very informative

  12. December 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm,

    MoM Rewards: kathryn has a diamond MoM rewards level kathryn said:

    I love spinach but my husband hates it

  13. bankstownbrats

    December 30, 2013 at 8:58 pm,

    MoM Rewards: bankstownbrats has a diamond MoM rewards level bankstownbrats said:

    Thanks for sharing your great ideas and tips :)

  14. December 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm,

    MoM Rewards: jadeeeee has a diamond MoM rewards level jadeeeee said:

    thanks for sharing this read

  15. December 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm,

    MoM Rewards: sizzlingcool has a diamond MoM rewards level sizzlingcool said:

    We eat so much spinach for iron. Always handy to have another spinach recipe! Thanks.

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