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.
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.