I’m Strong to the finich, cause I eats my spinach. I am Popeye the Sailor Man! (From theme song of Popeye the Sailor Man).
Age old cartoon Popeye sailor man gained huge popularity for munching Spinach way back in 1929 to amass bulging muscles.
Research and facts of Spinach state that spinach has nitrates that are energy puffers and help muscles stay active.
Spinach is inbred plant of Persia (Modern day Iran) was cultivated some 2000 years. It got introduced in China in the 7th century and till date it’s popularly known as “the Persian Green” in China, brought to Europe in 12th century and then was promoted in North America in 1806.
West & Northeast part of the world are high on consumption of Spinach. Spinach also has found its way into Asian kitchens.
On eve of National Spinach Day 26th March, Dr. Sarika Nair, well known Nutritionist & Dietitian from Mumbai, tells us why Spinach should be a part of our dietary intake.
High Powered Nutritional & health facts about spinach
Popeye loves spinach and we love what it does to Popeye! Right?
Everyone knows that green leafy vegetables are healthy and spinach is one of the most popular leafy vegetables. It is available most of the time throughout the year and it has a taste that blends well with anything, be it rice, roti, pizza, eggs, and salads anything.
Spinach is a nutrition powerhouse. It is high in niacin and zinc, pigments like beta carotene, fibre, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. It is also rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. This humble leafy vegetable helps you in many ways.
- It improves blood glucose levels.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Improves bone health.
- Keeps the digestive tract healthy.
- Improves iron levels.
- Promotes weight loss.
- Reduces the risk of cancer.
- Promotes healthy cardiovascular health.
- Healthy skin and hair.
Dt. Sarika Nair
Founder of Slim & Happy is an awardee of “The Most Promising Dietician in Mumbai” at International Healthcare awards 2017.
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Celebrating Greens on National Spinach Day, we bring you healthy recipes from the Kitchen of Celebrity Chef Umesh Mattoo.
Venue & Kitchen Partners: Mirasol Resorts, Nani Daman, UT of Daman & Diu
1. Recipe –Apple Spinach Lime & Honey Health Drink
2. Recipe – Spinach, Paneer & Corn Bhujia
3. Pratish Tandel, MD, Mirasol Resort tasting Healthy “Apple Spinach lime & Honey Drink by Chef Umesh Mattoo
How to Celebrate National Spinach Day.
One can celebrate National Spinach day in many ways. Simply include lots of spinach in your daily diet today. And not just today ensure that Spinach should be ideally included in your diet daily in some or the other form, if not daily then minimum thrice a week. One can eat it with salads, in soups, omelettes or even shakes & smoothies. Spinach based beverages have become drinking fodder for lot of health conscious people. Its mild flavour, low in calories, high on protein makes it ideal healthy alternative against sugar based drinks. A lesser known fact about spinach is that it is a mild laxative. So say bye to constipation with this super food!
Do make children aware about benefits of Spinach, an interesting way to do that is watch Popeye cartoon with them and encourage them to eat Spinach in their daily diets.
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