Popeye was right — spinach rocks. Available in early Spring and throughout the Summer, spinach is a leafy green that combats ovarian cancer and helps protect your heart. A cup of cooked spinach provides 35 percent of your recommended daily intake of iron. It is also high in vitamin K and folate, an important B vitamin for expectant mothers. And for the rest of us, a low level of folate is linked to depression.
Raw spinach makes a great base for a salad, and cooked it makes an excellent bed for your protein instead of rice or pasta. I love spinach in quiche and mini frittatas, too. Cool yourself off with a little Spinach Artichoke Dip.