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Spinach: A complete guide

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Perhaps most widely known as Popeye's go-to green, spinach is a popular dark-green leafy veg used in almost every cuisine, and rightly so.

Versatile and bursting with an impressive nutritional profile, it is certainly one to incorporate regularly in your diet.

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Health benefits
Rich source of iron, vital for red blood cell function.
Rich source of vitamin K, integral in blood clot formation.
Rich source of vitamin A, supporting the inflammatory systems.
Good source of vitamin C, protecting against free radicals.
Good source of fibre, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.

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How to enjoy
Add to salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps.
Blend a handful into a fruit or green smoothie.
Stir into soups and stews until dark green and wilted.
Mix into pasta salads and stir fries.
Blitz with pine nuts, garlic and olive oil to make a fresh homemade pesto.

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Are you a spinach fan? Share your favourite ideas and recipes in the comments section.

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