It's been awhile since I've written more about improving our diet...mostly because we went through some really rough spots lately. It seems to happen when holidays arrive and we're traveling a lot. Anyways...
The health benefits are pretty awesome for this nifty vegetable. It's loaded with tons of vitamins and minerals that you need, so it's a great food to try to add more of into your diet. Easier said than done for many of us, since you've likely only eaten it blandly cooked, or in a salad.
Not that there is anything wrong with those options (I had a delicious chicken Caesar salad with spinach for lunch yesterday!), but if you don't find the taste that appealing, it might be difficult for you to eat it.
No worries though! My husband is not really a salad person, and there is really only so much salad I can handle myself, so we've gotten creative and found a few different ways to eat spinach as part of other meals:
For most of our married life, some form of tacos has been a weekly meal (at least). If you are regularly eating tacos, try using spinach instead of lettuce! You can use baby spinach, peel off the stems, and/or shred it to make it work.
(2) Pasta Sauce
This is one of the neater tricks I've tried on a whim, and it worked out! When you make a dish that uses marinara or alfredo sauce, try cooking chopped spinach right in the sauce! You can use fresh or frozen (we usually use frozen) and just mix it right in when you're heating the sauce. It adds a very mild extra flavor to the sauce that really blends right in.
(3) Fruit Smoothies
As weird as it sounds, you really can put spinach in smoothies. I wasn't a believer at first either, but after I made the recipe above, I was a changed person. I even doubled the amount of spinach for that recipe, and I couldn't even taste it! I love this recipe because it's a great way to finish spinach before it goes bad (we used to have a huge problem with never finishing all of the spinach in time)...I just throw the remaining spinach in the blender, add some fruit and yogurt, and bam, instant snacks. We have 8 of these freezer pop containers that I put the smoothie in for later. It really helps to have these on hand when I need a quick snack, but I don't have time (or hands) to make something healthy and filling.
So who's suddenly and surprisingly pumped to try to eat more spinach now? and what other food topics would y'all like me to try to cover on the blog? I love talking about it because I love to share what's worked for us, and it's great motivation to keep striving to eat better.