The vibrant looking spinach leaves continue to be a common ingredient for preparing a number of yummy dishes, including salads, dips, sandwiches and pastas. Spinach is a ‘storehouse’ of vital nutrients like vitamins and minerals, and is rich in alkalizing properties. Hence, it is also called an ‘alkalizing superfood’.
No wonder then that those who take to the Alkaline Diet, include a lot of spinach in their meals.
What makes Spinach an ‘Alkalizing Superfood’?
Spinach is a good source of chlorophyll, which acts as an alkalizer, thus helping to maintain the normal pH balance of the body. Again, spinach contains a number of alkalizing minerals such as:
Other Health Benefits of spinach include:
- It is a rich source of Flavonoids – a phytonutrient with anti-cancer properties.
- A serving (one cup) of spinach can provide an impressive amount of vitamin K which helps to promote bone health.
- The vitamin C, Vitamin A, magnesium and riboflavin content in spinach is helpful in reducing inflammation associated with arthritis and asthma.
- Also, the vitamin C, Vitamin A, zinc, manganese and selenium present in spinach can act as powerful antioxidants, combating the onset of problems like atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
How To Select And Store Spinach?
To consume the best quality spinach, you should follow these pointers:
- Choose spinach with green, crisp leaves.
- Discard discolored spinach leaves. Also, you should not have spinach that bears any sign of rot.
- Use a clean plastic bag to store your spinach in the refrigerator. Also, make sure that you do not place it near ethylene-producing fruits like apples or banana- they might cause the leaves to decay prematurely.
- Spinach might freeze when stored at a temperature of 0 degree Centigrade or below. Make sure that the fridge temperature is higher than that.
- Spinach is best eaten fresh. So make sure that you consume it within 2-3 days of purchasing.
- Ideally, you can also grow spinach in your garden. The following video provides you with guidelines on how you can do it.
And now, it’s time to look at two great-to-taste yet super-easy-to-prepare Alkaline Special Recipes with spinach.
Recipe#1: Green Smoothie
Here’s an energizing and alkalizing green smoothie recipe for you to try.
Recipe#2: Garlic sautéed spinach
Here’s another simple yet delicious spinach recipe that Laura Vitale, a self-taught home-cook has shared with you. Check this video to learn how you can make garlic sautéed spinach.
Green, leafy spinach indeed has a lot of health benefits to offer. And being one of the Major Alkalizing Superfoods, it amplifies the benefits of the alkaline diet to its maximum potential.