Popeye was on to something! The animated character’s creators were telling us to eat the leafy green stuff long before it became a featured salad on restaurant menus or the pulverized, secret ingredient in fruit smoothies and brownies.
But that is the beauty of raw spinach when added to mixtures that seem like counterintuitive blends – it’s virtually tasteless. It effectively fortifies a beverage or dessert with highly effective nutrients that treat the body to goodness without causing a commotion. I’m all about transparency, so even though I contemplate serving a “plus-spinach” treat under wraps, I always end up confessing to the additional “secret sauce,” because I want my recipients of goodness to know the degree of good in store for them.
Speaking of good, did you know spinach rocks more vitamin A than iron? Did you further know that vitamin A, and several plant compounds, like lutein, promotes vision health? Other vitamins, minerals and compounds in spinach aid cancer prevention and heart health. Check out the NIH’s National Library of Medicine and its article, Fruits and vegetables that are sources for lutein for proof that Popeye knew what he was talking about!
In the meantime, let’s consider a sautéed spinach and mushroom favorite from my days managing a NYC steakhouse. Believe it or not, it’s cleanse friendly, too!
María’s Steakhouse Sautéed Spinach & Mushrooms (minus the steak)
1 cups chopped shallots
4 cloves minced garlic
3 tbsp EVOO
3 cups cremini and shiitake mushrooms
1 – 16 oz. package baby spinach
Sauté shallots and garlic in olive oil until slightly tender. Add mushrooms and salt to taste, mixing thoroughly with shallots and garlic. Add spinach. Cook until wilted. Enjoy!
María Felicia’s 2023 New Year Body… Cleanse – Day 20
Written by Maria Felicia Kelley
Disclaimer: Maria Felicia Kelley is not a medical doctor. The cleanse and fasting benefits she discusses in this post are derived from her own experiences and observations. Individuals should consult their own healthcare providers when eliminating foods from their diets.
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