Popeye was onto something. According to certified dietician-nutritionist and founder of Real Nutrition Amy Shapiro, “Spinach is a superstar dark leafy green” because it’s high in iron, potassium, magnesium and cartenoids (like vitamin A), as well as vitamins K, C, E and B. Whew. All that to say, it’s full of vitamins and minerals essential to blood clotting, bone metabolism and a healthy immune system, and antioxidants for anti-aging and anti-inflammation. Best of all, spinach is relatively tasteless (and super low in calories, at about six per cup), which makes it an easy addition to smoothies, soups and sauces. Try it in a green smoothie with avocado and apple, toss it in pasta Florentine with grilled chicken or give your dinner a nutritional boost with a side of coconut creamed spinach.
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