Spinach can be traced back to its origins in Persia. Since here it has made its way through the Mediterranean and become a staple for most meals in India.
Spinach is low in calorie and high in nutrients making it an ideal food to consume every day.
For some of us, our first memories of spinach were associated with a beloved character called Popeye. Spinach not only powered Popeye’s muscles but scientists are currently working on tapping its energy to power laptops and cell phones.
It can help with weight loss by nutritionally satisfying the body, This can help with cravings over time.
The vitamin K in spinach helps the body to utilise the calcium to ensure healthy bone health.
Vitamin A, moderates the production of oil in the skin pores and hair follicles. When out of balance it is this oil that can build up to cause acne. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Spinach and other leafy greens high in vitamin C are the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair.
Folate present in spinach plays a vital role in fetal development. It helps the growing fetus in the proper development of its new nervous system. Defects like cleft palate or spina bifida may occur due to a deficiency of folate. Vitamin A is required for lung development of the fetus, spinach consumption should be continued throughout the birth and after birth as well.
Infants are advised to be fed spinach. It provides protein, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients essential in their growing stages.
Spinach contains an abundance of antioxidants which reduce and stop cancer formations in the body.
Spinach teaches you that it is more about action than wishful thinking when it comes to manifesting your desires.
Consuming spinach is a good way to lay the foundations for your manifestations to become reality.
Spinach represents strength. It’s important to have a strong body and mind to hold your spirit. Spinach is valued around the world due to its durability. It can even survive through the winter and be just as healthy in the spring. Working with this plant cleanses you from the inside out to leave you vibrating on a higher frequency.
Spinach is a light food, the lightness of the energy the food contains helps you to heal the inner child. By nurturing with spinach you are nourishing your body with nutritional food. The food is wonderful to bring out the childlike essence within. Spinach integrates a sense of play with responsibility.
Spinach teaches that whatever comes to you is for your highest good. The universe cannot give you more than you can handle. The beauty is in how you handle it.
There is a saying that angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
Raw spinach contains oxalic acid which inhibits iron absorption. So it’s good to eat it with foods that enhance iron absorption like protein-rich foods and citrus fruits or certain vegetables containing vitamin C like broccoli, sweet peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.
Slightly cooking or steaming spinach also helps the iron become more available in the body.
Rotating between slightly cooked spinach and raw is ideal in a healthy diet.
Juicing spinach is a wonderful way of absorbing nutrition without the digestive stress of consuming large quantities of it in its raw, leafy form.
Add spinach to smoothies or when making sauces and dips like hummus.
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Equipment needed: blender, chopping board, chefs knife, wooden spoon, saucepan
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
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