Spectacular Spinach

I do usually tend to eat a lot of spinach but recently I have found myself getting through bags and bags of it each week (my next project is to try to grow some in my herb and veggie border so I can have an endless supply…).Young spinach leaves in isolated white background

The health benefits of spinach are numerous and it is such a great ingredient to easily be added to pretty much any meal, raw, lightly steamed or simply stirred into sauce. I enjoy it in my salads, Superfood Smoothies, lightly stir-fried with garlic as a side dish or added at the last minute to Delicious Chilli Con Carne or a curry.

A few reasons to include spinach in your diet:

Fibre

High in dietary fibre for maintaining healthy digestive transit.

Antioxidants

Help to maintain the health of all cells in the body.

Beta-carotene

Shown in numerous studies to help combat serious disease and to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. This is one of the fat-soluble vitamins and therefore requires good quality sources of beneficial dietary fat to be absorbed.

Chlorophyll

Indicated by the deep green colour of the leaves, spinach contains phyto-chemicals that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Magnesium

For muscle efficiency, relaxation and to support a stressed nervous system.

Iron

Support the function of red blood cells, which transport oxygen to the cells of the body.

Vitamin C

Among many other vitamins spinach is high in vitamin C, which plays an important role in immune function.

*Victoria’s top tip: If you are prone to bloating, don’t eat spinach raw. The high fibre content can cause hard work for a sluggish digestive system, leading to cramping, gas and bloating. Instead, lightly steam for 1-2 minutes.