As a leafy green, spinach provides a cornucopia of vitamins and minerals. Recently, researchers have also found that the nutritional components of spinach lend themselves extremely well to increased physical fitness and muscle growth – Popeye was clearly onto something! Check out these five recipes for some new ways to get spinach into your diet.
1. Blackberry and Banana Breakfast Smoothie
Drinking spinach? Yup! Blending a handful of raw spinach into a smoothie is a fantastic way to sneak more greens into your body. A banana and nonfat yogurt give this smoothie a creamy texture, while frozen blackberries add a frosty, fruity flavor.
Two cups of raw spinach add a big boost of nutrition, while orange juice and grated ginger give it just a little bit of tang. Add a few drops of agave nectar if you need a touch of sweetness. Find the full recipe here.
2. Spinach with Shiitake Mushrooms
Sauteed spinach is great, but it can get pretty old pretty fast. This variation includes shiitake mushrooms for a deeper flavor, and also for some extra texture. Still not enough flavor?
No problem. This recipe calls for sesame seeds, minced garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, and hot red pepper flakes. To get the details, give the full recipe for spinach with shiitake mushrooms a look.
3. Eggs Florentine
Eggs Benedict is a popular brunch treat, but it’s a treat for a reason – all of that fat quickly adds up! Eggs Florentine is a lighter variation of this breakfast favorite, perfect for a weekend morning.
Egg whites and sautéed spinach top a thick slice of beefsteak tomato to eradicate unnecessary carbs, and the base of this recipe’s “hollandaise” is non-fat Greek yogurt. All of the decadence, none of the guilt! Check out the full recipe here.
4. Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach
In this dish, a basic sautéed spinach absorbs all the great flavor of balsamic-marinated chicken breast, seared in a hot skillet. After the spinach is wilted, the same pan is re-used to create a balsamic tomato sauce, making use of the leftover flavors from the chicken and the spinach.
Serve the whole thing over the healthy grain of your choice, or simply on its own with veggies for a low carb option. Take a look at the whole recipe for balsamic chicken with baby spinach and learn how to make this healthy dish.
5. Spinach Strawberry Quinoa Salad
This salad provides a healthy combination of baby spinach, ripe strawberries, and protein-packed quinoa and feta cheese. While your quinoa is cooking, toast up your walnuts (full of omega-3s, by the way).
Then, once the quinoa is done, toss it with the spinach leaves, sliced strawberries, half of your feta, and half of your walnuts. Use the rest of the feta and walnuts as a topping, along with a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and kosher salt and pepper to taste. Perfect for a hot summer night! Check out the recipe here.
What’s your favorite way to eat spinach?