So, it would seem that Popeye was onto something. Spinach is most definitely a super food, after all. It’s low in calories, high in protein, rich with iron, and good for everything from your skin to hair & nails (so yes, even your outside will be seeing the benefits of spinach). It’s just that this leafy green isn’t exactly appetizing as-is. Popeye is on his own there. So finding ways to use spinach in your daily diet and enjoy it? There’s the challenge.  A challenge I happily take on, because the more spinach in your diet, the more benefits you can gain from it. From pastas, to salads, muffins and smoothies, there’s some really incredible ways to “eat your greens”.

1. Pineapple Spinach Green Smoothie

It’s healthy, refreshing, and chalked full of that good-for-ya spinach, but you won’t taste it! I think many people see a green smoothie and assume it tastes like liquid grass, but when paired with pineapple and bananas it actually overpowers the mild taste of spinach, so you’ll get all of the benefits and cool green color (and none of the taste of grass). Photo by: Garnish & Glaze

2. Spinach Balls

An easy thing to whip up, then enjoy as an appetizers, over pasta or freeze for later as an easy on the go snack. These are easily made ahead of time, and with only 5 ingredients, including 6 full cups of spinach! Photos by: Sweet as Honey

2. Spinach White Bean Soup

Winter or summer, this is a all-year-round kind of soup. With only 30 minutes of time you can have this healthy & hearty soup full of that spinach you seek. Photo by: Damn Delicious

3. Quinoa & Spinach Power Salad

Woo! Yes! POWER! That sounds…powerful. This salad is no starter. It’s a complete meal if you want it to be. With two super foods together, and finished off in a lemon vinaigrette, this will be one you can keep in your fridge for days and enjoy on it’s own or with an assortment of protein and vegetable additions. Photo by: Ahead Of Thyme

4. Mandarin Pomegranate Spinach Salad

This salad lacks for nothing. With a base of baby spinach, it’s complimented with pomegranate seeds, mandarin oranges, avocados and nuts, then tossed in a poppy seed dressing that will tie all these crunchy, sweet pops of flavor together. Photos by: Cooking Classy

5. Creamy Spinach Enchiladas

Enchiladas stuffed with three types of cheese, an an entire package of spinach (thawed), this is smothered in enchilada sauce and topped with more cheese. Oh my. Spinach never looked so comforting. Photos by: Six Sister Stuff

6. Pasta With Spinach & “Cheese”

Why is that word “cheese” in quotations?! Because this recipe is a vegan and gluten free recipe, breaking all the rules of a cheesy pasta, then adding spinach to the mix for a damn delicious dinner. Photos by: The Pretty Bee

7. Green Smoothie Muffins

Our very own creation, these smoothie muffins get all their green color from…you guessed it – SPINACH!! These are so tasty, they’re kid approved by our taste testers (ahem, my spawn). Photo by: Forkly

8. Mini Spinach Feta Quiche

Crustless mini quiches that are perfectly portioned savory little cups. They are the perfect on-the-go breakfast, or snack. Photo by: Divalicious Recipes

9. Skillet Sausage & White Beans With Spinach

Whenever I’m looking to add more greens to my dinner, wilted spinach is the way to go. Tossing handfuls in, it wilts down into a small bits in your meal that actually can compliment a tasty dinner, not destroy it (like you’d imagine when trying to eat more greens). This skillet recipe is full of spinach, and it looks amazing. Photo by: From Valerie’s Kitchen

10. Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagna

I love recipes that think outside the box. With a lasagna that skips the ground meat, and the tomato sauce – can it still be a lasagna? Well, to answer that simply – yes! It can! With butternut squash as the sauce, and spinach layered between those classic lasagna noodles, you have a whole new spin on a traditional comfort meal. Photos by: Julia’s Album

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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