Spinach is not only my favorite vegetable, but it is also a powerhouse of nutrients! Check out this nutritional profile: Vitamin A, C, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iron and more! Not to mention the Vitamin K, which aids in building strong bones! But if leafy green things make you squirm, it can be hard to chow down on a bunch of Spinach leaves all by their lonesome. So if you, your spouse, child, mother, or cousin’s-friend’s-brother aren’t as big a fan as I, here are some ways you can add spinach to your diet!
Basically it’s Spinach in STEALTH MODE. You won’t even notice it’s there.
1. Burgers – Your favorite burger recipe may already have some chopped onions, garlic, and herbs, but does it have spinach!? Spinach is easy to finely chop and throw in to add an extra layer of nutrition to your patties. Plus, it looks very similar to chopped fresh parsley, cilantro, or basil. Even the smartest of veggie detectives in your life will be fooled!
2. Sauces – More specifically your homemade tomato sauce or pesto. Pesto is easy; the basil already gives it that bright green color. Adding some spinach won’t even tamper with the flavor or color. As for your tomato sauce, consider making it with more of a “chunky style” and add in fresh basil and spinach to the mix. Again, it’s an easy way to make spinach delectable.
3. Smoothies – This one may take a little more convincing, but once you try it (or whoever else you’re trying to get to drink it) you will be HOOKED. The beauty of spinach, aside from its nutritional stats, is its subtle flavor. The fruit will overpower the spinach. I challenge you to make your favorite strawberry banana concoction and add a big handful of spinach. You won’t taste a thing different. Sure it may look bright green, but if you can convince yourself that you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day early, you’re golden.
My smoothie above includes:
1 banana, 7 frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 tbsp coconut milk & a hefty handful of SPINACH. BOOM.
What other ways do you enjoy this green goodness? Any other vegetables you try to sneak into your (or someone else’s) diet?