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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 August 6, 2018

              10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

              10 Benefits of Deadlifts You Probably Never Knew

              The Deadlift. It is the quintessential weightlifting exercise. According to David Robson, a bodybuilder, personal trainer and contributor to Bodybuilding.com,

              “In my experience as an athlete, and based on the results witnessed by many of my personal training clients, the deadlift, if performed correctly, will build unparalleled mass while strengthening all the major muscles groups.

              Yes, many will argue that the squat is the King of Exercises, and will contribute to more strength and size gains than any other exercise.

              While it is true that the squat does rank as one of the best size builders (and on this basis alone should be included in everyone’s program), the deadlift, in my opinion, builds the upper and lower body like no other movement.”

              The deadlift is done by simply grasping your free-weight bar (with as many weights as you can feasibly – not comfortably – lift) and lifting up until your standing up with the bar hanging in front of you, arms extended.

              1. Increased Fat Burning

              Alwyn Cosgrove, a personal trainer and fitness author, recently wrote about a study where: “Overweight subjects were assigned to three groups: diet-only, diet plus aerobics, diet plus aerobics plus weights. The diet group lost 14.6 pounds of fat in 12 weeks. The aerobic group lost only one more pound (15.6 pounds) than the diet group (training was three times a week starting at 30 minutes and progressing to 50 minutes over the 12 weeks).

              The weight training group lost 21.1 pounds of fat (44% and 35% more than diet and aerobic only groups respectively). Basically, the addition of aerobic training didn’t result in any real world significant fat loss over dieting alone.”

              Lifting weights and resistance training will burn more fat than just dieting or dieting with cardio exercise alone.

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              2. Better Posture

              Deadlifting increases your core strength and adds to core stability, according to Robson. Deadlifting targets all of the muscles responsible for your posture and enables you to keep your back straighter during regular daily activities.

              3. More Muscles Worked

              The Deadlift works more muscles than any other exercise, including the squat. The lift engages all of the major muscle groups, according to exercise physiologist Kevin Farley. If you need to do one exercise, this is the one to do. The Deadlift works your lower and upper body, including your back muscles.

              4. Increased Real Life Lift

              When you do other lifting exercises, like a bench press, for example, you’re not doing anything you might really do in real life. When are you ever going to have the need to lay on your back and push something in the air — unless you’re giving your two-year-old “flying lessons.” The Deadlift develops the muscles you need to actually carry something, like a bucket of water, those heavy grocery bags or your neighbor’s dining room table.

              5. It’s Safe

              The Deadlift is one of the safest weightlifting exercises you can perform. You aren’t going to get pinned under the weight or have to worry about it pulling you over backwards. If you get into trouble, you can simply drop it…making for a loud bang, no doubt, but no damage. You also don’t have to have a spotter to perform this exercise.

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              6. Improved Grip Strength

              According to Outlaw Fitness:

              “Deadlifts are renowned for their ability to build massive amounts of grip strength, and for good reason. Your fingers are literally the only things connecting you to the weight of the bar. Your forearms have to work incredibly hard as you progress in weight to keep the bar from falling out of your hands. Subsequently your grip strength grows by leaps and bounds.”

              7. Increases Hormones

              Now don’t worry, these aren’t the hormones that will make you more emotional! Instead, by doing at least 8 to 10 repetitions of Deadlifts with significant weight, you can increase the amount of testosterone and growth hormone produced by your body.

              Testosterone increases muscle growth and improves muscle repair while growth hormone, which is produced by your pituitary gland, promotes tissue healing, bone strength, muscle growth and fat loss.

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              8. Cheap and Easy

              A lot of exercises require a lot of equipment, special shoes or whatever. Not the Deadlift. Just a bar with some weight. Pick it up. Simple. You can usually find freeweights and a bar at a thrift store – or being given away by a friend – making it even cheaper.

              9. Increased Cardio

              Believe it or not, doing 10 repetitions of Deadlifts will increase your cardiovascular ability. You might want to make sure you have somewhere to sit down when you’re done!

              10. Prevents Injury

              The Deadlift can help prevent injuries by increasing the strength of your muscles around critical tendons and ligaments. Supporting joints with strong muscles is crucial to preventing injury, especially in the hamstrings and lower back, according to Outlaw Fitness.

              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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