Endurance Foods-Spinach

How is your season going?  Mine is just beginning with a 5K Tutu run last week and the Martian 10K next week.

Even though our weather does not point to Spring, I am excited that, at least, the calendar does!

What shall we eat to get ready for the Spring season?  Spinach, of course!  (just ask Popeye, he would never lie)

Spinach is a wonderful Spring vegetable, and is definitely a SUPER FOOD!  Look what it has to offer:

Spinach (or) kale, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, romaine lettuce.

They contain: A synergy of multiple nutrients/phytonutrients, low in calories, lutein/zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, vitamins C and E, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, polyphenols, betaine.

Servings: 1 cup steamed or 2 cups raw most days.

Benefits: heart health, reduce risk of cancer, reduce risk of macular degeneration, reduce risk of cataracts, reduce risk of stroke.

Of course, we always need a recipe to go along with our Endurance Food, and, of course, it will have quinoa in it…   Here goes:

Quinoa-Spinach Soup

Makes 4-5 servings


1 cup water 1/2 cup quinoa 4 cups vegetable broth or 2 (14.5 oz) cans vegetable broth 1/2 chopped onion 1/2 diced carrot 2 cups spinach, washed and chopped coarsely salt and pepper to taste.


Rinse quinoa before cooking to remove the coating of a bitter substance called saponins.

Bring water to a boil.

Stir in quinoa, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add broth, onion and carrot

Simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir in spinach, allow to wilt in soup

Salt and pepper to taste


Nutrition facts: 100 calories; 18 gm carbohydrates; 4 gm protein; 1 gm fat

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