SPINACH

Do you like spinach? I add spinach to so many of my foods...I like it on pizza, I love it in omelets, and I even put it in my shakes to make sure I'm getting some added fiber, protein and healthy carbs in my diet.

WHY WE EAT IT

Lets face it...if I didn't like it, I wouldn't eat it, plain and simple. So the fact that it's good for me is just a side benefit. I didn't realize that spinach is high in insoluble fiver, which helps you go to the bathroom, if you know what I mean.

It's also a great source for Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium, and even has potassium, magnesium and Vitamins B6, B9, and E. Who knew!

I also just learned that my delicious little friend is really good for eye health, cancer prevention, and blood pressure.

THE DOWNSIDE OF SPINACH

The one downside to spinach is that people who are prone to getting kidney stones may want to avoid it, because it does contain calcium and something called “oxalates.” That combination can cause calcium stones, which consist of those two things.

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FRESH

I like fresh spinach, but I can't go through a whole back fast enough before it goes bad, when I'm using it for recipes. I typically freeze my spinach, and just grab some as I'm making my omelets, or shakes.

As I was trying to open the bag out of the freezer the other day, I grabbed it too hard, and a bunch of the leaves just crumbled. One squeeze of the bag, and I had all the tiny little pieces a spinach lover could ever want.

SPINACH LIFE HACK: CRUMBLED SPINACH IN 15 SECONDS

  • Freeze your fresh bag of spinach leaves.
  • Once frozen, take the bag and give it a good squeeze several times until the whole bag is finely crumbled. That's it. This life hack takes less that 15 seconds, and now you've got perfectly crumbled little pieces that you can keep frozen until you need them for your recipes.
Photo by Kelly Cordes

Do you have a life hack that you discovered? Share it with me, and I'll share it with others. Send your Life hack to Kelly@minnesotasnewcountry.com.