National Spinach Day- 6 delicious recipes!

Do you love spinach?  Well, I’ve found that most folks either love it or hate it.  I personally am a big fan.  When I was a child, I learned the true value of a can of spinach just by watching one of my favorite cartoons, Popeye.  And in a way, spinach will give you muscles.  Maybe not like Popeye, but then again who wants to look like Popeye!  Ha!

In honor of the day, I found 6 great ways to cook with spinach!

6 delicious spinach recipes

Popeye had the right idea.  Did you know that just half a cup of raw spinach counts as 1 of the 5 servings of fruits and vegetables you should eat a day? The state of California is the number one grower of spinach in the US, but it is also a big crop in Arizona, New Jersey, Texas, Colorado, Maryland and Arkansas.

In fact, Alma, Arkansas proclaims itself to be the “Spinach Capital of the World”  Alma is the home of “Allen Canning Company” which cans and ships spinach.

6 delicious spinach recipes

Pear, Quinoa and Spinach Salad from LaaLoosh

Did you know that cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits?   Just half a cup of cooked spinach will give you three times as much nutrition as one cup of raw spinach because it is easier for the body to absorb the nutrients when they are broken down from cooking.

6 delicious spinach recipes

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip from Inspired Taste

Freezing Spinach is a bad idea.  It diminishes the health benefits.  It is generally best to buy it fresh and eat it the same day.

6 delicious spinach recipes

Spinach Quiche with Bacon from Kraft

6 delicious spinach recipes

Spinach Salad with Strawberries from What’s Cooking America

6 delicious spinach recipes

Spinach Artichoke Dip made Healthy from Eating Made Easy

6 delicious spinach recipes

Spinach Artichoke Pizza from Cooking Classy

Did you know? In the 1930′s U.S. spinach growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in domestic spinach consumption.  Everyone wanted to be strong and healthy like Popeye!

See a recipe that looks good?  Try one out today and celebrate the day in style!  What is your favorite way to eat spinach?

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