As a child, my husband went through a phase of eating canned spinach because he wanted to be strong, yes, like Popeye the sailor man. He felt it was important to pay his own way in this endeavor and used his allowance. I guess Popeye wouldn’t stand for having his mom buy his spinach either.
I can’t think of any worse way to choke down spinach than by the can. I’m not a fresh-spinach snob by any means, I use frozen spinach quite a bit. In fact, it is one of the things I keep stocked in my freezer. But canned spinach does nothing for me.
Luckily, spring is here and with it comes fresh greens. Hallelujah!
Spinach is a good source of iron, calcium, vitamins A, C, K, and magnesium. It is also high in antioxidants— all of this with just seven calories a cup (raw).
Fresh spinach often collects sand and dirt, so you need to wash it well to avoid an unpleasant grit feeling in your salad. There is a trick to washing spinach. First trim off the roots and separate the leaves and rinse. Then place spinach in a large bowl of water and swish it around a bit. It’s important to lift the spinach out of the water since sand and dirt will fall to the bottom of the bowl. You may need to repeat this a couple of times.
This is not a pretty drink, so if you want to slide this by your kids, blindfold them and call it Strawberry Surprise. Except for the color, it’s hard to tell the smoothie is loaded with spinach. This delicious drink has a serving of vegetables and two servings of fruit. The ground flax seeds add a shot of omega 3. The yogurt adds calcium and probiotics (beneficial bacteria.) Have it for breakfast and get a jump start on your fruits and vegetables for the day. We usually have ours with a hard-boiled egg.
Note: spinach contains oxalates and purines, which in some people, may play a part in causing kidney stones. So, Sean, go easy on these!
8 oz. plain yogurt
1 cup orange juice
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
2 cup fresh spinach, well washed
1 frozen banana
1 teaspoon ground flax seeds
Chop banana, place in freezer bag and freeze overnight. This makes the smoothie extra smooth. If you are starting with fresh strawberries, slice and freeze those as well.
Puree all ingredients together in a blender. Pour into glass and make Popeye proud.
Makes two 12 once smoothies.