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Saving Dinner
by Leanne Ely, Certified Nutrition Counselor

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Perhaps I'm dating myself, but do you remember Popeye the Sailor man? The cartoon?

I'm strong to the finish cause I eats my spinach...

spinach saladPopeye was a smart guy. Well, if you can look past the chain smoking, the violent tendencies he had towards Bluto and the way he objectified Olive Oyl. But anyway, the iconic cartoon sailor has been helping to make spinach cool for decades.

Everyone knows spinach is good for you, but there are lots of folks who'd rather chew on shoe leather than this leafy green wonder veggie. And that's a shame!

Spinach is chock full of vitamins and nutrients. It has a very mild taste, it's easy to prepare and it can be eaten cooked or raw.

I wouldn't be caught without a box or two of spinach in my freezer and I always have some fresh baby spinach in my refrigerator so I have some to toss into salads and smoothies. (Yes! Throw spinach in your smoothies - you won't even know it's there!)

Now, if you aren't a fan of spinach, chances are you just haven't been doing it right. If you've tried it cooked and hated it (let's face it, there's not a lot to love about plain old wilted spinach), try it raw. If you can't choke it down raw in a salad or on a sandwich, I can guarantee you that there's a way you can sneak spinach into your diet so that you'll enjoy (or at least not hate) eating it.

First of all, let me build my case and explain why you should add spinach to your diet.

1) It's a vitamin powerhouse. Just like beet greens (which I wrote about the other day) spinach is full of vitamins K, A, and C.

2) It helps with weight management. Spinach is great for helping you keep your girlish figure because it slows down the rate at which your body digests food, keeping you full for a good long time.

3) It ...    Continue

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