March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.
Spinach is packed with powerful nutrients. In fact, 1 cup of raw spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A and K. And, like other leafy greens, spinach also has folate, iron, fiber, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C.
Here are tips on getting the most nutritional value out of spinach.
- Unwashed spinach should be packed loosely in a plastic bag and placed in the refrigerator crisper where it will remain fresh and retain its nutrient content for about four days.
- Frozen spinach retains more of its nutrients because it is flash-frozen.
- Wash spinach just before serving.
Looking for inspiration to add more spinach to your diet? Try it in these recipes!
Get more information on the benefits of adding spinach to your diet by contacting a registered dietitian nutritionist.