Life & Style Blog by GiGi & Company Distinctives
Mom always said, “Eat your spinach, it’ll make you stronger!” That’s because spinach is a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with vitamins and minerals, some of which are hard to find in other foods. Eating just 1 cup of spinach offers twice as much fiber as other greens! That means that this dark, leafy green, which is currently in season locally, is a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant that’s been shown, among other things, to fight heart disease and cancer while reducing the risk of developing cataracts.
Head to a local farmer’s market – in addition to supporting local farms you’ll be ensuring your family’s health all the while enjoying the best the season has to offer. Once home, wrap the spinach in a moist, not damp, paper towel, place it in a plastic bag and zip it ¾ of the way (this allows those nasty gases to escape and keeps your greens fresher longer) then place in your refrigerators’ crisper.
As a starter to a meal – or as a meal itself – savor the delectable taste of spinach: savory, sweet, satisfying all at the same time!
Place spinach in a large bowl; remove long stems and bruised leaves. Whisk together remaining juice, olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Toss spinach with straw-berries and dressing. Divide between four bowls. Top with cheese and walnuts.