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Monday’s blog is brought to you by spinach-a vegetable reaching near perfection when ranked for nutrient richness.  Calorie for calorie spinach provides more nutrients than any other food.

The United States is one of the largest commercial producers of spinach, and a small community in Alma, Arkansas is the self-proclaimed Spinach Capital of the World-boasting a statue of Popeye, the cartoon character, who extolled the virtues of spinach.  In times of trouble he would open a can of spinach, chow it down and BOOM; spinach amped-up his ample muscles and he could save the daythanks to the leafy green magic of spinach.  A little trivia note:  the original Popeye gained his power boost from rubbing the head of a magic chicken.  I’m thinking that was a good move to bag rubbing the chicken and just have Popeye eat a some spinach.

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If you are ever on Jeopardy and the category is spinach, choose that for $1,000, because you are going to know so many  little-known things about spinach after this post, you will leave your competition in the dust.

For example, Spinach Florentine-what exactly is it and why the fancy label for this lowly dark green veggie?

I’ll take Spinach for $1,000, Alex.  Catherine de’Medici became the queen of France in 1522-loved spinach so much that she insisted that it be served at every meal because it reminded her of her birthplace.  Ding.  Alex, what is Florence?

Spinach can be planted, grown and harvested in 36-45 days.

Spinach flushes out toxins in the colon-eases constipation-aids digestion.

You just might look younger when you become a fan of spinach; it improves skin health.

Plus, all that stuff you already knew:  fights heart disease, reduces risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, Vitamin C, potassium, concentrates fiber when cooked, magnesium rich.

 

Taking spinach in juice form is the healthiest way to consume it. I even took the plunge and bought a Vitamix, paid those $$ and I haven’t looked back.  I love the outcome of throwing handfuls of nutritious fruits and veggies together and powering it up.  Here are the smoothie recipes in Harley Pasternak’s Body Reset Diet.  I have become somewhat addicted to this particular one – Harley Pasternak’s green Sweet Spinach Smoothie.  Delish!  Especially in the Vitamix.

• 2 cups spinach leaves, packed
• 1 ripe pear, unpeeled, cored and chopped
• 15 green or red grapes
• 3/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
• 2 tablespoons chopped avocado
• 1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Have you discovered the breakfast/lunch/dinner magic of smoothies?  Would love to hear your favorite ways to enjoy spinach-that monster vegetable that really is all that in the veggie world.

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