Happy National Spinach Day! Spinach is a powerhouse of nutrients that has been touted for its health benefits for centuries. This leafy green vegetable is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help prevent chronic diseases and improve overall health. Today we’re celebrating the superfood by exploring some of its benefits and sharing an easy, delicious recipe for incorporating it into your diet.
What are the benefits of eating spinach?
It supports digestive health: A good source of fiber, spinach can help improve digestion and promote regularity.
It is rich in antioxidants: Spinach contains high levels of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lutein, which can protect cells from damage and reduce inflammation in the body.
It boosts immunity: The high vitamin C content can also help boost the immune system, reducing the risk of infections and illnesses.
It promotes bone health: Spinach is a rich source of vitamin K as well, which is essential for maintaining strong bones and reducing the risk of fractures.
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breast
- 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, washed and chopped
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a small bowl, mix together the spinach, feta, garlic, salt, and pepper. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut a pocket in each chicken breast, making sure not to pierce all the way through. Stuff each chicken breast with the spinach and feta mixture, using toothpicks to hold them closed. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and brown the chicken breasts for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Transfer the chicken breasts to a baking dish and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the toothpicks and serve hot.