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Add Some Green to Your Diet on National Spinach Day

March 26, 2019

The consumption of spinach has been on the rise in the United States over the last decade, driven by fresh-market availability and its healthy benefits. At Sipipa, we love incorporating fresh ingredients into all our dishes, and spinach is a great way to add flavor, color and texture to some of favorite meals, but that’s not the only reason this vegetable is such a important component to our menu.

Today on National Spinach Day, we celebrate healthy and nutritious spinach greens.

All the Benefits

Spinach is a low-calorie superfood loaded with nutrients include folate, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin and potassium. It also contains vitamin K, fiber, phosphorus, and thiamine. Most of the calories in spinach come from protein and carbohydrates, and cooked spinach helps you absorb higher levels of vitamins A and E, zinc, calcium and iron. Spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene. And like other dark, leafy greens, it’s important for the health of your skin, hair and bones.

Spinach is also one of the best dietary sources of magnesium, which increases energy metabolism, and helps maintain muscle and nerve function, regular heart rhythm and healthy blood pressure. It’s great for your immune system, and it plays a part in hundreds of other biochemical reactions occurring in the body. It’s also believed to help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health.

Other research has shown spinach provides a lowered risk of cancer, can help prevent asthma in children and improves blood glucose control for people with diabetes.

Easy Addition to Your Favorite Dish

Relatively speaking, spinach is inexpensive and easy to prepare. It is used by a variety of cultures and is most often present in Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern and South-East-Asian cuisines. This versatile vegetable can be eaten raw or cooked, and it’s readily available fresh, frozen or even canned.

Raw spinach leaves are a tasty and nutritious addition to a delicious salad. You can add spinach to pastas, soups, and casseroles, or wraps and sandwiches. Spinach is also great added to dips, omelets and smoothies.

Find Spinach at Sipipa

Of course, you can add spinach to practically any dish at Sipipa. But here are some of favorite meals where spinach is front and center in the cooking and presentation of the dish.