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Why Spinach is good for you
Last Updated : Jan 16,2017
For many years, nutritionists and mothers have known about the awesome power of spinach and its importance to a healthy diet. After all, there is a reason your mother always encouraged you to eat your spinach, and Popeye can certainly confirm to the awesome power of this leafy veggie.
10 Health Benefits of Spinach
1. Rich in Iron : Spinach is one of the richest plant sources of Iron and it should be part of a healthy diet for everyone, from the youngest child to the oldest adult. Cooked spinach is an excellent source of iron, a mineral that it particularly important for menstruating women, who are more at risk for iron deficiency. Boosting iron stores with spinach is a good idea, especially because, in comparison to red meat, a well-known source of iron, spinach provides iron for a lot less calories and is totally fat-free.
2. Rich in Fiber : Spinach is very rich in insoluble fibre. The insoluble fibre contained in spinach has also been associated with protecting the heart and other vital organs from damage.
3. Good for Eyes : Beta Carotene, Lutein and Xanthene are all present in good quantities in Spinach which are great for your eyes.
4. Anti Inflammatory : Spinach is a great Antioxidant and also one of the best vegetables to reduce body inflammation.
5. Low in fat : One cup of Spinach is only 40 grams and contains 10.4 calories. So its perfect for Weight Loss and its healthy too. Eat as much as you want.
6. Rich in Vitamin C : Spinach is rich in Vitamin C which has immune fighting effect. It forms an important defence against cold and cough.
7. Rich in Vitamin A : Topping the list of nutrients for healthy vision is vitamin A and spinach has plenty of it.
8. Calcium : Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale contain good amounts of Calcium which is a mineral that makes bones stay strong.
9. Potassium : Being rich in Potassium, Spinach controls blood pressure, sustain cardiac health and promote muscle and nerve function.
10. Good source of Zinc : Zinc helps in immunity building, good for skin and fights cancer.
In addition, spinach is one of the richest plant sources of Iron, and it should be part of a healthy diet for everyone, from the youngest child to the oldest adult. One of the most significant benefits of spinach in the diet is that it is a very rich source of insoluble Fiber. The insoluble fibre contained in spinach has also been associated with protecting the heart and other vital organs from damage.
Good for Eyes : Beta Carotene, Lutein and Xanthene are all present in good quantities in Spinach which are great for your eyes.
Low in fat : One cup of Spinach is only 40 grams and contains 10.4 calories. So its perfect for Weight Loss and its healthy too. Eat as much as you want.
Calcium : Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale contain good amounts of Calcium which is a mineral that makes bones stay strong.
Potassium : Being rich in Potassium, Spinach controls blood pressure, sustain cardiac health and promote muscle and nerve function.
Niacin for a smarter Brain : Green leafy vegetables are rich in Niacin which help in brain functioning, healthy skin and reducing blood pressure levels.
Whether you choose store-bought spinach or buy your own, however, it is important to select the greenest and healthiest looking spinach for cooking.
With all the benefits spinach has to offer, it is surprising that more people do not enjoy this wonderful food. Spinach is versatile, and it can be used in a wide variety of recipes, from juices, soups to salads, from side dishes to main courses. We have made sure that the soup recipes have no cornflour as that is bad for your health as it spikes your blood sugar level up and shuts down the fat burning process. We have not forgotten the small babies and have included a Spinach Paneer Puree for the adorable little one.
There is a reason why spinach has such a reputation as a health food; it seems that the reputation is more than deserved.
Cooking Healthy With Spinach
A lip-smacking soup using low-fat paneer. Spinach, Paneer and Dal Soup being rich in calcium and protein helps to maintain bone strength and repair damaged tissues.
Onions and black pepper add a wonderful flavour to this spinach based soup while paneer gives a rich texture. Generally, mild flavours are preferred during the first trimester, but if you yearn for – and can comfortably handle – a little more spice, add one or two cloves of garlic or a quarter or a teaspoon of mixed herbs to pep up this nutritious soup.
is rich in folic acid, Iron
and energy, so whether you like it soft or perky, the Spinach and Paneer Soup is a must-have!
Spinach and curds is always a very nutritious combo, making this raita a must-have. Traces of pepper and sugar make the spinach raita tastier, while the green chillies add a bit of fire to an otherwise bland raita. Steaming the spinach not only makes mixing easier, it also becomes a bit easy on the stomach.
Toss up a tongue-tickling salad of bean sprouts, spinach and veggies, laced with a creamy celery dressing made with low-fat curds. Contrasting shades of carrot and greens in an off-white background make the Spinach and Bean Sprouts Salad in Creamy Celery Dressing a delight to behold, while the tangy hints of lemon and peppy pepper excite the taste buds.
The protein, vitamin A, folic acid, fibre and other nutrients in this salad will help fight infections, nourish your skin and make you glow with good health.
Serve with Parsley and Garlic Loaf
and a bowl of Carrot and Coriander Soup
Imagine packing a nice, satiating dip in your kids’ snack box. Along with something refreshing like cucumber or carrot sticks, it would transform their break into a very jolly and relaxing time. The Spinach Hummus is the perfect choice for this, because it is colourful, healthy and filling too as it is loaded with chickpeas and spinach. Apt ingredients like green chilli paste, curds and lemon juice impart an exciting flavour and perfect texture to the hummus, which stays fresh in the tiffin box for around 5 hours. To save time, you can cook the chickpeas the previous night itself. If doing so, add a little more water when blending the chickpeas the next morning. Also pack some Chatpata Popcorn ( Tiffin Treats)
in another tiffin for a perfect short break combo.
The Spinach Mushroom Subzi is a luxuriant dish that vibrates with the effect of spices, whole and ground. The contrasting textures of mushrooms and spinach make the subzi a delight to chew while the addition of fresh cream gives it a lusciously rich mouth-feel.
You must take care not to over-cook the mushrooms as they will shrink and lose their nice texture. A range of spices and spice powders come together with ingredients like ginger, garlic, tomatoes and onions to give this dish its remarkable flavour and aroma.
Serve it hot with Aloo Paratha
, Paneer Kulcha
Now that your baby is above the age of eight months, try this wholesome Spinach Paneer Purée. The addition of spinach provides iron, while delicious paneer provides calcium for the healthy growth of your baby's bones.
The apt combination of ingredients gives a very appealing taste, even without the need for salt or sugar, and an attractive colour too.
At this stage, you should start experimenting with foods that are vibrantly coloured, such as foods using spinach, beetroot, carrots, etc., so that the baby finds it visually appealing and becomes naturally curious to try tasting it.
This natural attraction to foods, will make meal times more fun rather than having to force food down your baby’s throat!
Light and tasty, the Spinach and Paneer Dip has a perfect medley of textures and flavours.
Creamy spinach, crumbly paneer and crunchy onions, delicately flavoured with herbs and lemon juice, this diabetic
-friendly dip is quite a treat to the palate. Team it with cucumber sticks, to make a sprightly snack!
Here is a cool and healthy cleanser to start your day with. The lemon in this dark green juice helps to retain the colour and enhance the absorption of iron in it.
The greens and the jal jeera powder together are ideal for stimulating the digestive system and replacing the lost minerals. Digestive oils in mint aid digestion. Have this Spinach and Mint Juice on an empty stomach daily. Do not eat anything immediately in order to let this juice do its work and help you steer clear of indigestion.
Iron being needed to make blood and deliver oxygen to the cells, its deficiency results in lethargy and slowed mental function. This juice is apt to keep anaemia at bay.
It has the goodness of spinach, beetroot, apple and orange. Spinach acts as iron builder whereas apples and beetroot impart little sweetness.
Oranges are added to benefit from its high vitamin C content, which in turn has a helping hand in enhancing the absorption of iron.
Enjoy the drink with nutritious snacks like Mini Nachni and Bajra Khakhra
, Shepu Sweet Idlis
or Vegetable Corn Bake
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