Spinach is one veggie that can be easily included in a daily diet, as this versatile vegetable is available all year long. Any time I am in a grocery store I never come back without grabbing a bag of baby spinach. If you store the spinach bag properly it can last the whole week. These spinach leaves can be thrown easily in any sandwich and be anytime side salad dish to the main entrée. I often put this salad together on my pizza night at home.
Wash the spinach leaves and drain all the extra water well. Wash strawberries and cut them in 4 longitudinal halves. Make the balsamic dressing. Layer 1 cup of spinach on your plate, top with 1 Tbsp. of almond slices and some fresh strawberries. Add one Tbsp. of balsamic dressing. Enjoy and eat with confidence as a healthy side dish to any entrée.
Balsamic Dressing: Balsamic Dressing:
I know this dressing by my heart now and whip it up all the time. Just Mix the below ingredients together.
Olive oil: 1/4 cup
Balsamic vinegar: 2 Tbsp.
Lemon juice: 1 Tbsp.
Honey: 1 Tbsp.
Honey mustard: 1 Tbsp.
Salt and pepper” 1/8 tsp each (a pinch)
Nutrition Profile and Rating
This salad is rated as a yellow dot, healthy balance in our food rating system “Food Coach” and due to following healthy qualities that are known to promote positive health and wellbeing if consumed as a part of a healthy diet.
- Moderate in calories per serving
- A healthy balance of good fats, sodium, and added sugars
- Contain zero trans-fat.
- Low in carbohydrates
- Good source of dietary fiber, iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and K
- No artificial flavor, color or food additives
Therapeutic Heath Benefits:
It provides 1 serving of daily vegetable requirement of MyPlate (.05 cup equivalent), 46% Vitamin C, and 20% Vitamin A. Vitamin C is known for many health benefits including boosting immunity and preventing from cardiovascular disease. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin for vision health. Caution: It provides about 227% of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is researched for its positive role in preventing osteoporosis and coronary artery disease. However, you need to consult a dietitian if you are on any anticoagulant medication like warfarin. Vitamin K interacts with anticoagulants and can negatively affect medication performance.
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