Not just for Popeye!

Not just for Popeye!
26 March 2018
Popeye made it famous, and kids often seem to turn their noses up at the green wonder of spinach. Nonetheless, spinach is a magnificent source of iron, Vitamins C, E, and A, and so much more.

Here’s why you should add – at least a little – spinach to your weekly meal plans.  

Types of Spinach
Your kids may think spinach is a ‘boring’ food, but the sheer variety of spinach there is to enjoy, is anything but boring. Technically, there are three different types of spinach, with each type having several variants. The types of spinach are:

  • Savoy Spinach – deeply crinkled leaves. This is the type of spinach you’ll find sold in bunches at your favourite supermarket.
  • Semi-Savoy Spinach – lightly crinkled leaves. This type of spinach is both sold fresh and used in manufacturing processed foods.
  • Smooth-Leafed Spinach – smooth and flat leaves. Processed foods, like frozen creamed spinach, is manufactured using this type of spinach.

Benefits of Spinach
A low-calorie, highly nutritious addition to every meal, spinach is highly versatile and can be eaten raw or cooked (just make sure you rinse it first!). Spinach contains high levels of iron, Vitamins C, E, A, K, and more, and is a great source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, and zinc. It’s low in fat and cholesterol and eating a small bunch of it every day would do you a world of good.

Spinach Recipes
Now that you know just how good spinach is for you, and your family, here are our top five spinach recipes:

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