Spinach is my craving food. When I feel stressed I crave something green. It used to be dairy or a cheese toastie or highly processed negative foods but now, it’s spinach. It also means I might be low in iron – which may tend to happen when women come out of a mentstrual cycle, again- know your body and it will talk to you.
It gets like that, when you rediscover colour in your life and learn about the nutritional values of food. You tend to gravitate towards fresh food that your body requires to grow and heal itself. Your body demands it. Note I say demands it not needs or wants caused by some advertisement billboard designed to make you crave a hamburger. One of my favourite quotes that I came across studying food was the below because it is so true!
“We are not born craving hamburgers and skittles” – Mark Bittman
In just 1 cup of raw spinach it contains 27 calories, 0.86 grams of protein, 30 milligrams of calcium, 0.81 grams of iron, 24 milligrams of magnesium, 167 milligrams of potassium, 2813 IUs of Vitamin A and 58 micrograms of folate. Most of the calories in spinach come from protein.
Spinach is one of the best sources of dietary potassium, weighing in at 839mg per cup (cooked). To compare, one cup of banana has about 539mg of potassium.
A lack of iron in your diet can effect how efficiently your body uses energy. Spinach is a great non-heme source of iron, along with lentils.
This high iron and protein breakfast toastie is nothing short of champion!
Sauté in hot water a large bunch of thick densely picked organic spinach
Once spinach is drained add a Half a cup of pine nuts and mix.
Cook Two slices of Firm tofu in the pan along with Two slices of sautéed aubergine and aHalf a cup of sautéed baby whole mushrooms
Simply toast two slices of gluten free, dairy free bread – of your choice. And top with the above. 🌿👌🏽