Consuming a wide variety of foods is always my recommendation. In terms of greens, there are many options. Various greens gain the spotlight from time to time as what I call fads. First it was kale, then it was celery as the new ‘super power green’ but in reality, as long as you’re getting your greens in, it really doesn’t need to be a specific type. My favourite has always been spinach. I love it cooked, raw, and in my green smoothies. Here are some fun facts about spinach.
Spinach is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals:
• Vitamin A: Spinach is high in carotenoids, which the body can turn into vitamin A
• Vitamin C: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that promotes skin health and immune function.
• Vitamin K: Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting, and one spinach leaf contains over half of your daily need.
• Folic acid: Also known as folate, or vitamin B9. It is essential for normal cellular function and tissue growth, and is very important for pregnant women.
• Iron: Spinach is an excellent source of this essential mineral. Iron helps create hemoglobin, which brings oxygen to the body’s tissues.
• Calcium: Calcium is essential for bone health. This mineral is also a crucial signalling molecule for the nervous system, heart and muscles.