There are many good things to be known about spinach apart from the famous boost of strength that the pipe-smoking sailor-man Popeye used to take from it when faced with trouble.
The dark green leaves contain high levels of chlorophyll and health promoting carotenoids (beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin) with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties and are especially important for healthy eye-sight, helping to prevent macular degeneration and cataracts – so not only Popeye’s biceps would bulge when he opened a tin of spinach, but his sight would get sharper, his energy – restored and his vitality – improved.
Rich in iron and maybe the best source of vitamin K found in plant foods (the most important vitamin for maintaining bone health), also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid, niacin, zinc, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B2, spinach could also be the best kept secret of Popeye’s wife, Olive, tiny waist as a 100g serving provides just 23 calories, 0g fat, 4g carbohydrates, but 3g protein and 2g fiber.
We’ll be honest. We don’t know if Popeye’s legend is true. What we do know is that there is, indeed, a lot of goodness in these leaves – and we know it first hand as we start most of our days with a big glass of smoothie packed with vitamins and nutrients – not an instant biceps bulge, but for sure an instant energy boost to get us through the morning.
A handful of spinach, a banana, some frozen mango, a cup of coconut water –we just blended them together and voilà! – this colorful, healthy and oh-so-delicious morning-miracle was ready to motivate us for an entire day.
Don’t trust us, though! Give it a try and let us know how it feels – sugar-free, diary-free, guilt-free goodness in a glass.
Enjoy this and more healthy treats at our Wellness Retreat Mexico