EAT IT: Spinach - (Stacia Naquin)

By: Stacia Naquin
By: Stacia Naquin

Salad isn't just salad. You can make it a SUPER salad with this super food.

You know salad should be a main staple of ANY healthy diet. And there are lots of ways to dress it up or pack it full of protein. But before you do any of that, is your salad starting off right?

 

It's all about the kind of lettuce you use as the foundation for your salad.

 

For a long time, my lettuce of choice was iceberg. It was the only thing I would eat, if was going to eat salad. But my tastes have changed in the last few years and I've started eating mixed greens... or as I affectionately refer to it... weed salad! That's just because it truly looks like you're eating weeds! Yum! I know it's healthier for me, but sometimes I feel like there are dandelion leaves on my plate.

 

But even the mixed greens aren't the healthiest salad fare for me. That's what I found out from personal trainer Stephanie Mola, with "The Gym" in Denver.

 

She suggests spinach lettuce instead of ice berg or toss mixed greens. Why? "Better nutrients and not just filled with water," she says.

 

Popeye, known for his strength, ate it. So it makes sense that, even if the spinach doesn't come out of a can the way Popeye likes it... it's going to be good for you.

 

But you don't have to eat it dry or plain. Stephanie suggests red wine vinegar and oil for dressing. It's the healthiest topping for the healthiest foundation of your salad.

 

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