Spinach is believed to be Persian in origin and spread across Europe in the 12th century. It is in the same family as beets, chard, and quinoa. Keep in mind that the darker the color, the more nutrient dense this food is.
You can find spinach year-round but its season is March to June. It grows best in cooler weather so many farmers will plant this crop again for a fall harvest.
What benefits do you get by adding Spinach to your diet?
- Vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin helpful in reducing inflammation and supporting your immune system
- Iron, a mineral in your blood that transports oxygen to your cells
- Vitamin K, useful for bone health
- Chlorophyll, gives the plant its green color and is used extensively in your body
- Use as a base for smoothies
- Add into a variety of soups
- Use in omelets
- Create a fresh salad
- Lightly steam or sauté with other vegetables
- Use in place of lettuce in wraps and on sandwiches
Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP
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