Be Like Popeye And Eat Your Spinach!
The power of green... health benefits of eating spinach!
Spinach sminach! Yuck! I hate spinach! Remember hearing or saying that a lot as a kid? (Hahaha) Actually, I loved my veggies as a child as much as I do today. But a lot of my friends, on the other hand, just didn't quite dig the stuff, yet Fido didn't mind clearing the plate :) And then came the lecture... eat your spinach, it's good for you! And yes, it's true, mother does know best. As with many dark green veggies, spinach is loaded with beta-carotene, which is a powerhouse antioxidantthat fights against disease. It also contains several phytochemicals, such as; lutein, lipoic acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.The health benefits of spinach are awesome... so eat up! And hey, there are so many health benefits in eating spinach that I probably did forget to include some... so if you know of any, please do share! As always, I'd love to hear from you!!
Reduce the risk of cataracts
Protects against colon cancer
Prevention and treatment of anemia
Protects against heart disease
Vitamins and minerals in spinach help strengthen the bones
Protects against breast cancer in women
Stabilizes blood sugar and prevents it from fluctuating (diabetics)
Protects against prostate cancer
Prevents macular degeneration (due to age)
Contains a lot of fiber (great for weight loss)
A rich source of folic acid (great for pregnant women to protect against Spina Bifida in developing babies)
Has been known to slow down cell growth in stomach cancer
Magnesium in spinach can lower blood pressure and levels of LDL (bad cholesterol)
Dr Oz Green Drink Recipe
While there are so many different ways to prepare spinach (salad, sauteed, steamed,etc.) Here is a great recipe by Dr. Oz.... enjoy!
- 2 apples, cored
- 2 big handfuls of spinach
- 1/2 cup of chopped parsley
- 1 celery stick, chopped
- 1 thumbnail length of ginger root, peeled
- 1 lemon - juice only (use peel slice for zest)
- 1 medium cucumber
Place ingredients in a blender, add 4 oz. spring water or a handful of ice cubes, then puree quickly for one minute. Makes two glasses of Dr. Oz’s green drink.
The green drink has a strong taste and if you are used to drinking soda or sweet tea, the taste will take some getting used to. Dr. Oz suggests adding other items at first to sweeten the green drink to your taste.