In this post, we talk energetics of spinach, possible benefits, ways to incorporate into to the diet, and tips on handling spinach.
Spinach is ruled by the planet Jupiter and associates with the zodiac signs Sagittarius and Pisces. Jupiter is the planet of joy, opportunity, expansion, positivity and prosperity. Sagittarius is the sign of hidden passions, joy of living and higher education and knowledge. Pisces is the sign of imagination, intuition, and emotional intelligence. Both Sagittarius and Pisces resonates with compassion, spirituality and desire for getting closer to oneness. Spinach has positive benefits for all the chakras, but more specifically works on the crown, heart and sacral. It helps to balance the emotions, opens the heart to love and expands conscious awareness to spirituality.
Spinach is a very nutrient-dense superfood and is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin K and essential folate. Folate can helps your body to produce more mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is a ‘feel-good’ chemical. This can help to stability a more positive and relaxed mood which helps you to feel happier and less stressed out overall. It is also as a high iron content that is easily digestible by the human body, adding just one cup of spinach to other dishes or smoothies that you eat throughout the day can make a huge difference in your energy levels.
Popeye was right about spinach: dark green, leafy vegetables are the healthiest food on the planet. As whole foods go, they offer the most nutrition per calorie. - Michael Greger
Physical Benefits: Reduce oxidative stress & blood pressure, maintains healthy skin and hair, promotes strong bones, provides liver support and helps with digestion.
Mental/ Emotional Benefits: Releases stored-up toxic emotions, lowers stress levels, support brain health, improves memory, mental focus and may help to slow cognitive decline.
Energetic/Spiritual Benefits: Actives unrealized passions, encourages healthy fertility, cultivates inner strength & endurance, increases prosperity and wealth potential
5 Tasty Ways to Use Raw Spinach
In its raw state, it is high in Folate, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Niacin and Potassium.
1. Toss it into salads. These hearty greens can help you make a balanced meal in minutes. Adding foods rich in vitamin C will help your body to better absorb the iron in spinach. Make a salad of spinach with slices of orange and add some chicken breast for protein.
• Use a mix of lettuces for an attractive presentation or enjoy the delicate flavor of baby spinach on its own.
2. Make lighter but more filling sandwiches. Slim down your sandwiches by replacing some of the ingredients with layers of crunchy spinach. It may feel like a big lunch, but you can have a whole cup of spinach for only about 7 calories.
3. Substitute spinach in your wraps. For wraps with fewer calories and more nutrients, use a large leaf of spinach in place of the bread. Almost anything you can put in a tortilla will also work in a big, sturdy leaf.
4. Whip up a fast dip. With frozen chopped spinach, you can make a dip quickly with just a few additional ingredients. Thaw and drain the spinach, then add some low fat sour cream, breadcrumbs, and the seasonings of your choice.
5. Put into smoothies. Add cup of spinach to your favorite smoothie recipe. Add /2 tbsp of lemon juice and/ or coconut oil/ milk to boost the effective qualities and nutrient absorption
5 Delicious Ways to Use Cooked Spinach
Cooked Spinach activates vitamins E and A, protein, fiber, zinc, thiamin
1. Add spinach to your pasta dishes. Spinach lasagna is a great way to feed a large gathering. Alternately, you can easily make a large batch just for you and your family and then freeze the leftovers in small portions so you have a convenient meal anytime. Ravioli and other pastas also work well with spinach fillings.
2. Put spinach on your pizza. Whether you make it at home or order it from a pizzeria, get spinach and other vegetable toppings for your pie. It's much better for your health than just pepperoni and sausage.
3. Cook up a batch of creamed spinach. Traditional creamed spinach is very high in fat but you can enjoy this favorite without breaking your diet. Help yourself to a smaller portion size or just adjust the recipe. Try substituting olive oil and low-fat milk for some or all of the butter and whole milk.
4. Try this leafy green in soups. Fresh or frozen spinach is perfect for soup. If you use fresh leaves, add them at the last minute because they quickly wilt and lose nutrients if cooked too long. You can also add thawed and drained frozen spinach to many soup recipes.
5. Throw some spinach into your stir-fries. Spinach adapts well to stir fries as the main ingredient or a complement to other vegetables, seafood or meat. It's at its best when cooked for about 1 to 2 minutes so add it when you're almost done. Ensure the leaves are dry to minimize splatter.
Tips to keep in mind when handling Spinach
Whether in bags or bundles, look for crisp, dark leaves. The fresher looking and smelling the better.
Be sure to wash it thoroughly to get rid of the dirt you can see and the pesticides you can't. You can also now find spinach in convenient pre-washed bags, although it may cost you more than the unwashed variety.
Even in the crisper of your refrigerator, spinach loses much of its nutritional value after just a few days, but frozen spinach can last for 6 months or more. If you have more fresh spinach than you can use right away, steam it and drain it to make your own frozen spinach.
Eating more spinach is an easy and delicious way to keep to a healthy over all well - being all year round. You can enjoy these greens in familiar classics and simple casseroles or experiment with new uses for a healthy change of pace. It doesn’t matter how you eat them. Just eat them because working with Spinach Energy can help to increase prosperity, joy, self esteem, strength, and learning abilities.
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