(These tips brought to you by D.C. Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corner Stores)

How Do I Eat It? 

  • Baby spinach has a mild flavor and is great raw in salads or on sandwiches
  • Fully grown spinach has larger leaves and is better pan-cooked for 2-3 minutes
  • Order spinach as a pizza topping
  • Blend spinach into pasta sauce or fruit smoothies to hide it from the kids

Why Should I Eat It?

  • Spinach is incredibly high in Vitamin K, which helps your body heal and use calcium to make stronger bones. It is also very important for pregnant and breast feeding mommas! One cup of cooked spinach has 1100% of your daily value!
  • Spinach actually has protein! It is 32% protein.

TIP: If you are on a blood thinner, do not have big portions of greens.

RECIPE: Very Green Guacamole

TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes | Servings: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado (slightly soft)
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Cumin and cilantro to taste

Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the spinach, the juice of the lime, the spices, and 1/4 cup of water until smooth.
  2. If you like creamy guacamole, add the avocado and blend until smooth.
  3. If you like chunky guacamole, hand mash the avocado and then stir in the blended spinach mixture.
  4. Serve with carrot sticks, sliced peppers, or baked tortilla chips.
TIP: Try mixing in tomato salsa or hot sauce for different flavors.

 

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