Spring ahead with lots of exercise and healthy eating – they go hand-in-hand. The energy and stamina we enjoy largely depend on what we put into our bodies. Eating clean with fruits, veggies, fish, beans and nuts provides us with all the essential nutrients necessary for healthy living.
The health benefits of spinach are numerous, and its ability to help prevent disease is well known. Spinach is at the top of many “super food” lists because like other dark leafy greens — kale, collards, swiss chard, turnip greens and bok choy — it’s loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron. Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, fiber, and carotenoids. Eaten raw for a salad, it is truly a nutritional powerhouse. When ordering a salad, I always ask if spinach can be substituted for the lettuce, knowing that spinach far outweighs lettuce’s nutritional benefits.
This is one of my favorite recipes:
Spring Baby Spinach Salad with Fresh Citrus Vinaigrette
¼ C orange juice
2 tbls minced shallots
1 tbls fresh thyme
2 tbls grated orange peel
1 tsp honey
½ C olive oil
½ C white wine vinegar
For salad, combine 3 sectioned oranges, fresh baby spinach, ½ C diced green scallions, and 2/3 C walnuts or almonds (optional). Can also add feta or gorgonzola cheese.