Quite often the first vegie that people smooth, spinach is a leafy green that has little taste – but is bursting with nutrients and has many proven health benefits (along with many other greens such as kale and cabbage).
Spinach is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh. It’s a rich source of vitamin A, B2, B6, C, E and K. It’s got magnesium, manganese, iron, potassium, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Not bad for a little green leaf.
I go through two large packs of this stuff each week and add handfuls of it in my breakfast smoothie (it disappears once it’s liquidised).
One word of warning though. Even though Spinach has lots of calcium – it’s also packed full of oxalic acid. This slows down the absorption of calcium – making Spinach a bad choice for those looking to add calcium to their diet. For more details see Spinach: Calcium (via Wikipedia).
If you want to add calcium to your diet – take a look at my Daily Calcium Booster recipe.