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Superfood of the Week: Spinach
This leafy green needs no introduction- it's commonly used as a base for different types of salads. It can be eaten raw or sautéed down to a reduced form and can then be used as a side dish, in soups, stews and event casseroles. Apart from it's very diverse uses spinach is a green, leafy vegetable and is a rich source of vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals, making it very important for many different types of processes within the body. Spinach plays a vital role in keeping the body healthy, here are a few benefits to show you how:
Low in fat
Spinach, being a leafy, green vegetable has a very low fat and cholesterol content. Spinach contains antioxidants that can help fight against free radicals within the body, which can lead to diseases such as cancer and even induce early ageing.
Yes, spinach can help grow the guns, just look at Popeye for example! While that may be true, spinach has benefits for a different type of muscle, your heart. Having a strong heart can help prevent against cardiovascular diseases like hypertension and heart disease.
Good source of fiber
Fiber is a carbohydrate that the body can't digest- it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps to regulate the body's use of sugars helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check. This is why spinach outweighs lettuce as a hearty base for a salad! Another plus? Fiber helps to keep your digestive system working smoothly and promotes regularity.
Supports eye health
Spinach is full of beta-carotene and vitamin A which are both great for promoting eye health. Itching eyes, eye ulcers, and dry eyes are all combatted due to the anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce puffiness and inflammation.
1 Orange sweet potato
1 Cup of spinach
1/4Cup of chickpeas
1/4Cup of olive oil
1 Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. On a chopping board, chop the sweet potato into smaller chunks and place on a baking tray. With the sweet potato, place the chickpeas and sprinkle both with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
2 Place the baking tray into the oven for approximately 35 to 45 minutes. Be sure to turn the sweet potatoes and chickpeas throughout the baking time to prevent burning.
3 This is where you can get creative with your ingredients. In a large bowl, place the spinach and then you can basically add any other type of vegetable that you desire! Once your done adding all of the ingredients, drizzle the salad with olive oil or vinaigrette of your choosing.
4 When the chickpeas and sweet potatoes are soft, remove from the oven and add to the top of the salad. If you want to mix it up, cover the bowl with a plate and toss it, then serve and enjoy!
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