Spinach has been around for a really long time. The earliest references to Spinach were from the Sassanian Empire, which rules fro 226-640 AD. Through sophisticated irrigation techniques Arabs brought Spinach to the Mediterranean.
2 cups of spinach is 3 milligrams of Zinc. ¼ of your daily requirement.
Here in Colorado Spinach enjoys a pretty long growing season. A variety of Spinach grows well in Colorado including Savoy types such as Bloomsdale and melody and Semi-Savoy such as, tyee.
Spinach is high in iron, zinc, vitamins A & C, as well as folate and magnesium. Of course, like other leafy greens, spinach is a good source of fiber. It also contains antioxidants.
So basically spinach is good for you. So what do you do with it? One of my favorite ways to eat it in a salad.
Basically anything you would use lettuce for, you can substitute spinach. I don’t use any type of lettuce in my tacos any longer, just spinach. (This is simply a taste preference.)
1 cup of spinach contains 260 micro-grams of Folate. A pregnant woman needs 600-800mg daily.
One of the best things about spinach is that is cooks down A LOT. Raw spinach cooks down to hardly anything.
What is your favorite way to eat Spinach?
Food Spotlight is a series dedicated to my discovery of the foods I eat, and the nutrients that are in them. I do not have specialty in nutrition. Anything that appears on my blog regarding food is from research I have done. If you have more accurate information post it and your source. I love new information!
To celebrate Pueblo’s breastfeeding families Pueblo WIC held a celebration in honor of World Breastfeeding Week at the Pueblo Mall. It was a lovely event that included a Big Latch On that made the event exciting and fun.
Here we are getting ready for the latch on!
A Big Latch On event is slightly strange to describe. To promote and support breastfeeding everyone takes their nurslings and latches on at the same time. It was fun. It gave me a sense of comradery, sitting with these women I have never met and nursing our babies. In my case I tandem nursed my children for the first (and probably last) time. I nurse both my infant and two year old, but not together. I really should have sat on the floor poor Eva was hanging off my lap so uncomfortably.
Pueblo WIC did a fantastic job. With this event. We received tons of swag from WIC and the various vendors, and there was a raffle to on some goodie baskets!
I ran into Lacey Albrecht and Emmy Harmon from Your Birth Story Doula and Birth Services. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Emmy and her little nursling during the latch on.
I also got to chat with Sharon McDougal C.P.M. again
Elmo was there. Poor Eva was really scared. It was a bit of a parenting fail. I did not prepare her for a 6 ft Elmo. On Sesame Street puppets are smaller than people. I think she was expecting puppet Elmo. (She asked to watch Sesame Street last night, so she isn't traumatized for life.)
We left after making our rounds. It was nap time for the bubs, and Eva was afraid Elmo would come back. Overall I think this was an excellent event and will be back next year for sure!
I have a fellow Birth Boot Camp instructor who is a School Food Consultant. She posted this article on Facebook about a month ago.
I have definitely had experiences like the one described in the article. Recently I was in a little market in downtown Denver, Marczyk Fine Foods. They have a little deli that makes sandwiches. I had no idea what so many of the menu items were. I ended up not like the herbed goat cheese on what I got, but I tried something new. This got me thinking about food, and how much I do not know about it, and how very little I have eaten of it.
So I am going to start a blog series surrounding my exploration of the foods I eat, and I am going to share the information I learn here. Perhaps it will be valuable to someone else as well. Stay tuned!