Superfood Sunday – Spinach (and a Recipe for Spinach Bread)

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Superfood Sundays has returned! It has been way to long since my last Superfood Sunday post and I miss sharing with you the abundance of incredible superfoods out there!

Today I’ve decided to talk about a superfood that is pretty much a staple in my household. I don’t go a day without it, and would typically include it in at least 2 of my meals per day. Come to think of it, I think there’s a reason why I loved watching Popeye so much growing up 🙂

 

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Spinach is one of the most nutritious foods on earth. So what are some of the amazing benefits of spinach?

  • Spinach is filled with antioxidants, including vitamin C and beta-carotene – proved to function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents.
  • One cup of fresh spinach leaves also provides almost double the daily requirement for vitamin K, which plays an important role in cardiovascular and bone health and also enabling healthy blood sugar regulation.
  • Spinach is a great vegetarian source of iron, which keeps your hair and nails strong and healthy AND gives you superhuman strength like Popeye… well not quite, but you get the gist…
  • It also contains a whole host of other key nutrients – manganese, magnesium, calcium, potassium, B vitamins, fibre and protein, to name just a few – all of which help to build a strong, healthy, disease free body.
  • Incredibly low in calories – so calorie for calorie, this leafy green provide more nutrients than any other food.

How can you incorporate more spinach into your diet? For starters, if you love to make green smoothies of a morning, throw a handful of spinach into the blender and blend away! The taste of spinach is so mild, you won’t even know it’s in there. It also works as the perfect base for salads, and I actually find it to be more digestible and softer than other salad bases like mixed leaf or lettuce. Spinach also works great as an addition to omelettes, or wilted with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkling of sea salt as a side to a classic savoury brunch. You can also blend it into dips and sauté or steam it for quinoa and rice bowls.

Another way to get more spinach into your diet is through this amazing recipe below. It’s a new favourite of mine and I’m so excited to share it with you! It might seem a little strange at first – I know I had never tried anything like it before, but I’m now hooked. I got the inspiration for this one from the wonderful Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food. Lee’s original recipe is here. I have adapted this slightly to make it more dense and filling with healthy protein and fats by adding some almond meal and more eggs. I have tried it both ways and they are equally delicious, so you should experiment and see how you go! As with all my recipes, it’s completely gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free.

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Spinach Bread
(makes approx. 10 slices)
1kg frozen spinach, thawed and drained very well (organic if possible)*
3 organic eggs
1 cup almond meal
2 gloves garlic, crushed
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp herbs of your choosing (e.g. thyme, rosemary, basil)

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Line shallow baking tray with baking paper. You may need 2 baking trays.
Beat eggs. Blend in almond meal, garlic, salt, pepper and herbs.
Mix in spinach until blended well. Make sure the spinach has been drained well before you do this.
Spoon mixture into baking trays and flatten by pressing down.
Bake for 25-30mins.
Cool in pan and then cut into slices.
Serve topped with avocado and a squeeze of lemon, or nut butter works well too! Keep fresh by wrapping in plastic wrap and storing in the freezer until you’re ready to toast it.

*You can also use fresh spinach. Also, if you don’t have this much spinach on hand, simply halve the recipe accordingly.

Enjoy 🙂

 

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