How I Learned to Love Spinach
I've always hated spinach. Really hated it. Like many veggies, spinach is an acquired taste.
But I had set a SMART goal to add more vegetables to my diet (specifically, eat at least three servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit per day) As I learned more about micronutrients, I discovered one of the best ways to add vitamins A, C, and minerals calcium, iron and riboflavin to my diet was to eat green leafy vegetables daily.
There was no getting around it. I had to learn to eat spinach. Yum!
I was already eating a fruit-protein smoothie for breakfast, so I started adding frozen chopped spinach to the recipe. Just a little at first, and yeah, it turned my beautiful fruit smoothie a real yucky color. Sometimes it starts out a nice pink color that turns green the longer it sits. But the truth is, is still tastes all fruity and yummy.
My humble, nutrient-dense breakfast smoothie provides a good example of how small changes, one at a time, add up to good habits. Make one small change. Then make one more. Then one more. They all add up.
My basic breakfast smoothie:
1 cup of frozen fruit (like ½ cut blueberries and ½ cup strawberries)
half a banana
½ cup frozen chopped spinach
1 scoop whey protein powder or egg white protein powder
Add little cold water and whip it all up in the VitaMix. Yum!
There are about a million variations of fruit, so I never have the same thing two days in a row.
But there's more! One day I started buying fresh spinach in the produce aisle. On days when I don't add spinach to my breakfast I have it fresh for lunch. I wash and rinse it, add in a few walnuts and raisins, toss in a little olive oil, and enjoy a great big fresh salad for lunch.
I grew up watching Popeye get great big muscles whenever he popped open a can of spinach. I may not be getting great big muscles, but spinach has given me two kinds of strength: my body healthier, and my motivation is stronger from knowing that I really can make a change!
Next up: Brussel Sprouts! Yum!