Popeye was right, eating spinach improves your health. Now, it may not give you instant muscles, but it will give you a boost in vitamins an nutrients. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming at least 1 1/2 cups of dark green vegetable per week.
Here at Dinner Tonight, we wanted to highlight Katie Phillips (Family and Consumer Agent in Kaufman County) who grows spinach in her garden. Check out the video of Katie and I working with spinach. Spinach is available all year round but spring is peak season. You can eat spinach raw or cooked, but due to spinach’s high water content cooked spinach has a higher nutritional value than raw. You can store fresh spinach in your fridge for up to 5-7 days.
Spinach is a great leafy green to incorporate into your diet, but you do need to be careful if you are taking a blood thinning medication like Warfarin or Coumodin. Dark leafy greens have high Vitamin K content and may interfere with these medications. So talk to your doctor or registered dietitian nutritionist for more information. In the words of Popeye, “I’m strong to the finish, ’cause I eats me Spinach”. Enjoy!