Eat This Not That: Spinach

Bowl of Spinach

Inflammation is something that even the most in shape people experience every now and then. Whether you suffer from chronic back pain, play a sport or hit the gym a few times a week, you might find that you experience some swelling around a specific part of your body. Instead of taking over the counter or prescription medications to combat the inflammation, you might try upping your daily intake of spinach.

Spinach is a Super Food

Spinach is a super food, which means that it is one of the best foods for you. Whether you eat it raw or cooked, you can get all its amazing benefits. One of its biggest benefits is its ability to help the body fight injuries and reduce swelling and inflammation. Several studies found that those who ate one or more servings of spinach every day recovered faster from injuries. Other studies found that eating at least one serving of spinach every day helped patients reduce the pain and swelling they experienced every day.

Warm Spinach

Though you will lose some of the nutrients found in spinach when you cook the vegetable, some people don’t like the slightly bitter taste of the raw leaves. Cooking the spinach reduces its bitterness. Try cooking a small amount of garlic and onion with olive oil in a pan. Add the spinach and cook until slightly wilted. You can also chop a few handfuls of spinach in a food processor or blender and add to your favorite spaghetti or tomato sauce. Spinach also tastes great when pureed with artichoke hearts and mixed with a little melted cheese to make an amazing party dip.

Raw Spinach Dishes

The best way to get all the benefits of this vegetable is when you eat spinach raw. Replace all or a portion of your lettuce with spinach the next time you make a salad. Adding a sweet fruit like strawberries or blueberries helps cut down on the slightly bitter taste. You can also use baby spinach, which tastes slightly sweet. Try making spinach wraps from spinach leaves filled with chicken or tuna salad for a quick lunch. You’ll get all the great benefits of the vegetable and may notice less inflammation too.

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