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6 Mouth-Watering Spinach Recipes You Should Not Miss

6 Mouth-Watering Spinach Recipes You Should Not Miss

There are five recommended food groups to incorporate into your diet daily, which at first can seem like a lot to balance, especially if you’re not a huge fan of vegetables.

It’s not always easy to incorporate vegetables into every meal, even though you need at least two and a half cups of them every day to stay healthy. Many people don’t like the way some vegetables taste, and aren’t always sure how to cook them or incorporate them into recipes in a way that makes them taste better.

Spinach is one vegetable that’s easy and delicious to both add to and incorporate into a variety of different recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It’s rich in vitamins K and A, which are essential for maintaining your eye and bone health. Here are six spinach recipes you can try this season.

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1. Spinach and Cheese Breakfast Skillet

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    Wake up to this spinach and egg breakfast dish. Just picture your eggs, bacon and hash browns mixed together all in one pan with some spinach added in. It only takes 20 minutes to make one serving, so if it turns out to be the best thing you’ve ever eaten, you won’t even have to share it.

    2. Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Casserole

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      Sometimes, good food takes time. This breakfast casserole takes a bit longer to prepare, but it’s totally worth the wait. If you’re looking for something cheesy, creamy and savory to start off your day right, this is the recipe for you. You’ll come for the Gruyere and Parmesan and stay for the spinach, mushrooms and garlic. It’s sort of like a breakfast pizza minus the tomatoes.

      3. Spinach Cream Soup

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        As the winter weather rolls in, all the recipes reserved for the chilly season roll out. While it might not look very attractive at first glance, spinach soup is exactly the warm and hearty dish you’ll need to stay comfy as temperatures plummet. This recipe features fresh spinach and low-sodium ingredients to give you a healthy, delicious option for lunch or dinner tomorrow.

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        4. Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

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          Have you eaten way too many plain, boring chicken breasts for late-night dinners lately? Spinach to the rescue! Dress up your next chicken breast with some nutrient-rich spinach this season. This recipe coats your chicken in a creamy spinach and sour cream sauce to add flavor and texture to the entree of your next dinner. You can even add bacon to incorporate even more flavor (highly recommended).

          5. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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            Need something warm and tasty but not in the mood for an entire meal? Make this hot spinach and artichoke dip and pair it with some leftover French bread for the perfect snack to share with friends. It’s the perfect combination of everything you love—sour cream, cream cheese and, of course, spinach. If you play around with proportions, you can make as little dip, or as much, as you want.

            6. Italian Herb Baked Spinach Chips

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              When you’re in need of a quick, salty snack, it’s tempting to grab the nearest bag of potato chips. Tasty, but not so great for your health. It turns out you can make a healthy spinach snack in less than 10 minutes. It’s salty, it’s crispy and it’s coated in Italian herb seasoning. What more do you need?

              You definitely don’t want to miss these spinach recipes that you can enjoy no matter the time of day. Spinach is an all-around healthy food that pairs well with many other foods you probably already love. Add spinach into your breakfast, lunch and dinner to make every meal and snack just a little bit healthier.

              Featured photo credit: Stewart Butterfield via flickr.com

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              Last Updated on September 18, 2020

              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

              7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

              Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

              Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

              1. Exercise Daily

              It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

              If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

              Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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              If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

              2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

              Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

              One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

              This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

              3. Acknowledge Your Limits

              Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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              Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

              Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

              4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

              Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

              The basic nutritional advice includes:

              • Eat unprocessed foods
              • Eat more veggies
              • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
              • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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              Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                5. Watch Out for Travel

                Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                6. Start Slow

                Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                Final Thoughts

                Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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                Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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