Monday, April 29, 2013

Super Spinach

Finals are on everyone's mind. Students are anxious to submit their final papers, hand in their last exam, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather! But before we can do that, we have to power through our exams. Let's talk spinach, a versatile food that can add funk to any meatless dish and put some power in your brain!

Spinach has been listed in Huffington Post and Men's Health as one of the top Brain Superfoods. They are loaded with lots of good nutrients that are beneficial to your health in so many ways, but for brain's sake, Vitamin K, Antioxidants and Magnesium are where it's at! 

Vitamin K is essential for a healthy nervous system. It  is said to have a slowing effect on Alzheimer's disease, along with antioxidants. The antioxidant, lutein, is said to help to slow cognitive decline.  Their friend, Magnesium helps another system, the circulatory system. This nutrient helps to stabilize blood pressure. Just eating a salad with spinach will lower blood pressure in a few hours!

Salad's aren't the only place where you can find these greens! Spinach is completely versatile, that can be eaten either raw or cooked, and put into many different types of foods. While eating in the dining halls during that last couple weeks here, you will find spinach on the salad bar, in the deli, as well as in many various types of soups, side dishes, and main courses. 

So this Meatless Monday spring for the spinach!

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