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5 Awesome Ways With Spinach

Spinach is one of nature’s super foods. Rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also concentrated in health-promoting phytonutrients such as carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) and flavonoids to provide you with powerful antioxidant protection. While most vegetables have these benefits, spinach has a special claim to fame in terms of its phytonutrient content. Researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. And for those who remember Popeye you will be interested to know that apparently after his debut, America’s spinach consumption increased by 30%.
Naturally all mums want their children to be spinach-lovers so here are some easy ways to hide a whole bunch of spinach in your meals and children will not even notice – how can I be sure? Our Bam Bam has personally tested all of these options and has given them his seal of approval.

1. Put it in a pie – a homemade pie of course. I find a chicken pie works best for this but really that is the beauty of a pie you can hide most vegetables in there and it will go unnoticed.

2. Put it in a muffin – a simple vegetable or savoury muffin recipe you can easily add finely chopped spinach to.

3. Put it in a smoothie – yes it will make it a green smoothie but a great way to start the day.

4. Put in in an omelette  - this one is pretty straight forward! 

5. Put it in a slow-cooker recipe – literally you can add 5-10mins before the end of cooking time to almost any slow-cooker recipe.

Here are a few of my recipes on the blog that use this super ingredient:

Egg and Spinach Cups (GF, DF)

Simple Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Immune Boosting Smoothie

Easy Vegetarian Lasagna 

Super Green Smoothie

Easy Vegetable Muffins

Breakfast Muffins

Feta, Green Pea & Mint Fritters

Yummy Olive and Cheese Muffins

In the meantime please let me know if you try out any of these ideas or how you manage to sneak spinach into your family meals!

Xxx Dr Julie

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