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Spinach Makes You Strong

Posted Aug 07 2009 12:12pm
I grew up watching the cartoon, Popeye. As a
kid, I totally hated spinach; it was slimy, gross tasting, and looked like worms. My parents would implore me to eat it, saying I would be strong like Popeye. I wanted no part of it. They even went so far as to sing me the jingle: I’m Popeye the sailor man, toot, toot. I’m strong to the finish cause I eats me spinach; I’m Popeye the sailor man, toot, toot.

I found out there is a way that spinach can make you strong and you don’t have to eat it. You can do strength-training exercises with the cans of spinach. Just use the cans as weights. Strength-training builds muscle; it’s an important part of an overall exercise program.

Another thing I discovered when I began to change my eating habits was fresh spinach. I had no idea spinach came any other way except in a can. I know that sounds silly, but I had a hate relationship with spinach for most of my life. Fresh spinach is really good and I love it in a simple salad.

1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves, washed and shaken dry
5 cherry tomatoes, halved
8 small cubes fresh mozzarella cheese (or use another low-fat cheese)
1 T. light balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves

Toss all the ingredients together and enjoy as a snack or before dinner.

Calories 114.4; Total fat 6.8 g; Saturated fat 3.2 g; Polyunsaturated fat 0.3 g; Cholesterol 16.4 mg; Sodium 396.4 mg; Potassium 328.9 mg; Carbs 5.8 g; Dietary fiber 1.3 g; Sugars 0.6 g; Protein 8.3 g.

Spinach contains high amounts of Vitamin A (beta carotene) and is rich in Vitamin E. It's high in the disease-fighting antioxidant lutein. Spinach is good for you and it can make you strong, just like Popeye.

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