I’m strong to the finish when I eats me spinach!

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely not a fan of spinach (sorry, Popeye).  In fact, as much as I dislike this word, I hate spinach.  However, spinach is one of those vegetables that we really, truly need.  It is filled with tons of important nutrients that help to keep us strong and healthy.  Besides providing the body with protein, iron, powerful antioxidants, and a natural glow, spinach may also benefit muscle building.  I mean come on, have you seen Popeye’s muscles?  So I am always looking for creative ways to get my spinach intake, considering I will not eat it by itself.  Luckily,I found this article on Good.is that highlights Five Easy Ways to Eat More Spinach:

Hidden in Smoothies: “You can load a smoothie with spinach and still have it taste like vanilla ice cream—it’s truly an incredible trick for anyone who thinks they hate veggies. Smoothies are also a happy home for spinach because the iron is more readily absorbed with vitamin C, which is found abundantly in fruits. Go for strawberries right now—they have a ton of C and they’re in season.”

In Omelettes: “Whether you want to power up at breakfast, or make a lazy dinner, adding spinach to an omelette will take it to the next level. I like doing a Greek-inspired fast frittata with olive oil, onion, and feta. Just saute the onions in a pan that can go in the oven, then add the spinach and let it cook down for a minute. Then pour in your eggs and let that sit until it looks like the bottom half is cooked; then sprinkle it with feta, salt, and pepper and throw it in the oven under the broiler. When the eggs brown at the edges and the feta bubbles you’re done. Takes ten minutes, tastes gourmet.”

With Pasta or On Pizza: “It really doesn’t matter whether you like a red sauce, a cream sauce, or a simple olive oil drizzle on your pasta or pizza—spinach pairs with all. You can easily add it to something store-bought – throw some frozen peas and spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic in a pan…Add the brown rice pasta from Trader Joe’s, some red chili flakes, lemon juice, and lots of salt and pepper…If you like cheese, throw in some parmesan. If you want meat in there, prosciutto works great.”

As a Side: “This is basically the same as above but without the pasta. Put about a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan with some chopped garlic and saute your spinach for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste along with a squeeze of lemon juice (for both flavor and some vitamin C).”

In a Salad: “Spinach can be added to just about any salad—from a caesar to a chopped to a simple olive oil and vinegar variety…Do a romaine and fresh spinach mix and add anything you like to it: You can go traditional with croutons and parmesan, or make it more of a mixed vegetable salad with artichoke hearts, tomatoes and cucumbers.”

What’s YOUR favorite hidden-spinach treat?