We all remember what Popeye taught us: if you eat spinach, you’ll feel better. You might not be able to give your own version of Bluto a good knock-down, but you might just be mellowed out enough (from all the magnesium, that is) to choose to ignore him. But spinach as a comfort food – something to crave when it’s cold outside and you need something sweet to nourish your soul? Probably not an association that’s ever sprung to mind.
Often referred to as one of the world’s healthiest foods, spinach is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. It’s also a very good source of dietary fibre, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. That’s a rather long list of benefits – and not one you might expect to enjoy in a tasty chocolate brownie.
Ingenious as us health nuts have become in our quest for combining the taste factor with the health advantages, we’ve started creating all kinds of previously unthought-of treats to substitute the usual naughties. Raw chocolate, wheat- free/sugar-free everything, and even unique concoctions like black bean brownies have become a part of many of our diets. I guess it was just a matter of time until we started eating one of our most-loved greens for dessert.
Forget the green juice and spinach salad – we’re pleased to introduce you to the most decadently delicious spinach sweet treats around…
DID YOU KNOW?
- Spinach is a native plant of Persia (now Iran).
- Spinach is still widely known as ‘the Persian Green’ in China (the world’s largest spinach producer)
- ‘Florentine’ is a common part of names of recipes where spinach is a significant ingredient (Forence in Italy was the home town of Catherine de Medici, a lover of spinach, who married the King of France in the 16th century).
- Make sure you buy organic spinach, as with non-organic versions the leaf tends to be sprayed heavily with pesticides that don’t come off with normal washing.
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