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.
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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.

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  1. mom57522

    28th September 2014 at 12:25 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom57522 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom57522 said:

    Love my spinach wether fresh or cooked.

  2. pakeko

    7th September 2014 at 8:56 pm,

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

    Never realised how good it was for me thanks for sharing

  3. cloverstorm

    19th August 2014 at 9:12 am,

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

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

  4. buggeritliz

    30th July 2014 at 11:38 am,

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

    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.

  5. hayley91

    25th July 2014 at 11:35 pm,

    MoM Rewards: hayley91 has a diamond MoM rewards level hayley91 said:

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

  6. twinmum2

    31st May 2014 at 9:28 pm,

    MoM Rewards: twinmum2 has a diamond MoM rewards level twinmum2 said:

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

  7. 31st May 2014 at 4:18 pm,

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

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

  8. mom56842

    29th May 2014 at 8:28 pm,

    MoM Rewards: Mrs Bucket (that's pronounced Bouquet) has a diamond MoM rewards level Mrs Bucket (that's pronounced Bouquet) said:

    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.

  9. mom57522

    28th May 2014 at 9:09 pm,

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    We grow our own silver beet and use it daily.

    1. ginoula5

      21st August 2014 at 2:38 pm,

      MoM Rewards: ginoula5 has a diamond MoM rewards level ginoula5 said:

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

  10. kazh

    27th May 2014 at 1:52 pm,

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

    Okay, if it will make me look younger

  11. mom57522

    22nd May 2014 at 7:29 pm,

    MoM Rewards: mom57522 has a diamond MoM rewards level mom57522 said:

    Didn’t know that soaking spinach destroys the vitamins.

  12. catgrrl3

    22nd May 2014 at 6:55 pm,

    MoM Rewards: catgrrl3 has a diamond MoM rewards level catgrrl3 said:

    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

  13. Happymum-2

    8th May 2014 at 3:28 pm,

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

    popeye can eat it, I do not like spinach

  14. no1ladydj

    6th May 2014 at 12:53 pm,

    MoM Rewards: no1ladydj has a diamond MoM rewards level no1ladydj said:

    Spinach is such a versatile vegetable, and easy to cook. I love to serve it with a little garlic, onion and bacon, and a sprinkle of parmesan. You can throw in a sprinkle of chilli for extra bite. And it’s an excellent addition to smoothie drinks.

  15. 5th May 2014 at 9:53 pm,

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

    there are so many great recipes with spinach too

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