Spinach is a superfood for your smile

Posted on November 4, 2015

More than just the Popeye effect: Spinach is a superfood for your smileSpinach is one of those wonder foods that just keeps on giving. It's full of essential nutrients and minerals such as iron1, which is important for healthy red blood cell production and keeping us energised2. But what many people don't realise is that it's actually great for dental health too. Spinach is packed with vitamin K and magnesium3, which are both nutrients that help us to maintain strong, healthy bones4.

The question is, aside from guzzling it from the can in true Popeye style, how can we get lots of this leafy green into our diets? Below are some ideas to help inspire you when it comes to cooking with one of the world's healthiest foods.

Spinach soup

It may not sound appetising , but this BBC recipe for spinach soup is packed full of delicious flavours and is really good for you. With two whole bags (200-235g) of spinach in a batch; just one bowl will offer you a healthy serving of the dark leafy green and give you all of those vitamins that are great for maintaining strong, healthy teeth. Why not drizzle halffat creme fraiche on top making it feel slightly decadent, all the while being great for you.

Spinach and ricotta cannelloni

Although a little indulgent, this spinach and ricotta cannelloni is full of nutrients that are great for dental health. Not only is it packed with spinach, it's filled to the brim with ricotta cheese which is a fantastic source of calcium - an essential mineral for building strong bones and teeth5. Creamy, rich and easy to make, this is a home-comfort classic for those chilly winter nights.

Spinach quiche

This pastry-free spinach quiche is ready in minutes and offers a healthier alternative to the usual calorie-laden, buttery crust we're used to. Made from a mixture of cottage cheese, spinach and eggs it's a great source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin K making it a teeth friendly dish.

Baked eggs with spinach

Try this Mexican classic for breakfast, brunch or even dinner. A spicy tomato sauce, baked eggs and lots of spinach, plus plenty of garlic and chilli make this dish a super-healthy, tasty alternative to other  brunch options.

Creamed spinach

When prepared as aside dish spinach is too often over-boiled, leaving it a less than desirable accompaniment to the main ingredient. So instead of cooking it as an afterthought, why not try this delicious creamed spinach, which is really easy to make and packed full of flavour. 

Don't like spinach?

If spinach isn't your cup of tea, there are other vegetables that offer similar nutrients. Dark, leafy greens are usually good sources of vitamin K and magnesium, so you could opt for something like kale6 or broccoli7.

With a little imagination in the kitchen, getting your greens needn't be a chore. And now you have even more reason to do so, knowing that the health benefits of spinach aren't just great for your general wellbeing, but can help keep your smile healthy too. Whilst we have dental insurance to fall back on, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to keeping our teeth free of cavities and decay. So, without delay, get down to the greengrocers and stock up on this superfood for the smile. No wonder Popeye was always grinning from ear to ear!

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Sources

1. NHS: Vitamins and minerals (Iron)
2. WebMD: Vitamins and supplements (Iron)
3. BBC Goodfood: The health benefits of spinach
4. NHS: Vitamins and minerals (Vitamin K)
    NHS: Vitamins and minerals (Magnesium)
5. NHS: Vitamins and minerals (Calcium)
6. WebMD: The truth about kale
7. NHS: Vitamins and minerals (Vitamin K)

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