It’s Spinach Day
Hi, I’m Tiffany.
It is my goal to use my extensive education around the human body and nutrition to empower you to learn about how nutrition is linked to your health – the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Today is Spinach Day. Depending on how old you are you may have visions of Popeye squeezing a can of spinach, eating it in one gulp which resulted in bulging muscles and tons of energy.
When I think of spinach, I’m thinking of the the massive amounts of antioxidants that come from eating spinach. And, it’s so easy to hide in foods for picky eaters or just when you need to boost your nutrition a bit. I recently did a challenge through an email series that encouraged people to eat more color…and green was one of them. In addition to the carotenoids as antioxidants, spinach contains a lot of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Folate, Iron, and Calcium
Just one cup of raw spinach contains about 45 calories, 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, 7 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of fat. Most of the carbohydrates are insoluble fiber which helps bulk up food as it travels through the digestive system. Use spinach in smoothies, finely chop it and add to soups, stews, and chilis. Saute it with garlic and use it as a bed for chicken breast or salmon. It tastes delicious!
Spinach is good for eye health, oxidative stress, cancer prevention, and blood pressure. Although veggies like spinach are amazing for your health, there may be some reasons you should avoid it. For example, if you suffer from kidney stones, you may need to avoid spinach because it contains oxalates and calcium which can contribute to the build of of these stones. Also, people who have trouble with blood clotting or are taking blood thinning medications. Spinach and other greens contain Vitamin K1 which is a nutrient that is involved in helping your blood clot. Most of the time, that’s a good thing but for some it can be very dangerous. More than likely, if you have one of these conditions, your doctor has advised against you consuming this food or other foods that contain these nutrients
21 DAY HEALTH CHALLENGE
If you’d like to learn more about boosting your antioxidant status as well as other ways you can work to improve your health, join my 21 Day Health Challenge here. This is a video series masterclass on how you can do simple things on a daily basis to improve your health. Check it out but in the meantime, start eating more spinach!