Most of the flavonoid and carotenoid nutrients found in spinach that provide anti-inflammatory benefits provide antioxidant benefits. Given the fact that spinach is an excellent source of other antioxidant nutrients — including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and manganese — as well as a very good source of the antioxidant zinc and a good source of the antioxidant selenium — spinach helps lower risk of numerous health problems related to oxidative stress. Spinach is an excellent source of bone-healthy vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, and calcium; heart-healthy folate, potassium, and vitamin B6; energy-producing iron and vitamin B2; and free radical-scavenging vitamin A (through its concentration of beta-carotene), vitamin C, and vitamin E. It is a very good source of digestion-supportive dietary fiber; muscle-building protein; energy-producing phosphorus and vitamin B1; and the antioxidants copper, zinc, and E. In addition, it is a good source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and heart-healthy niacin and selenium.
Spinach Lentil Soup Serving Size: 4Calories per serving: 70Fat per serving: 1.8g You won't believe how great this tastes until you actually make it. Aside from the fact that it's packed with iron and protein this soup is so versatile it can be made as a meal served with hot brown rice on the side Continue Reading
Eggs in a Nest Serving Size: 1Calories per serving: 224Fat per serving: 11.7gm This recipe is low in calories and has healthy doses of protein, veggies and carbs. It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Scrambled tofu works just as well, without taking anything away in terms of taste or nutrition. Ingredients2 whole Continue Reading
Spinach Spanakota Serving Size: 4Calories per serving: 248Fat per serving: 19gms Crunchy, moist and bursting with flavor, Spanakotas or Spanakopitas are one of my favorite Greek dishes. Super easy to make with ready-made phyllo (whole wheat of course!) and you can be as creative as you want. I've even added mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes to Continue Reading
Eggs Florentine Serving Size: 4Calories per serving: 171Fat per serving: 6.7gms Great alternative to Eggs Benedict with the goodness of spinach. I love making this for weekend brunch and always serve it with a chilled Very Berry Smoothie (see recipe under Drinks). The bright colors, contrasting textures and deliciousness of eggs ‘done right’ on bread Continue Reading
Tofu & Spinach Serving Size: 2-4Calories per serving: 87Fat per serving: 2.5gms The cottage cheese or paneer version is pretty popular but I tailored it to a healthy version by using tofu instead. Trust me, you won’t even know the difference! Ingredients1 bunch fresh spinach leaves 1 box firm tofu 1 onion 2 tomatoes 1 Continue Reading