Spinach Summer Salad

Many you have heard “eat your spinach” growing up, right?  Well, I love spinach and I have no problem eating a lot of it!  One of my favorite ways to eat spinach, is to make a salad with it.  I think salads in the summer are perfect, because it’s really hot outside and you don’t want to eat anything heavy, nor do you want to eat anything warm.  Salads are light and refreshing, especially when topped with summer vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.   What about you, what is your favorite lettuce to use?  As you have probably concluded my favorite lettuce is spinach.  Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamin K which contributes greatly to a healthy nervous system and brain function.  The high amount of vitamin A in spinach also promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention in the epidermis, thus fighting psoriasis, acne and even wrinkles.  One cup of spinach has nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, curbs overeating and helps maintain low blood sugar.  I even like to add spinach to my chocolate protein shakes (it is a great way to hide your greens, but also receive the awesome health benefits).

This is a simple summer salad I made with spinach, yellow and red cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and mushrooms.  For the dressing, I used balsamic vinegar, my favorite.

HEALTH TIP: Balsamic Vinegar is a great substitute for dressing – it is low in calories and  balsamic vinegar is a great source of calcium, iron, manganese and potassium, which improve the body’s functioning and weight loss abilities.

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