By Sabrina Katz, Staff Writer

Don't write off spinach, it's a powerhouse of nutrition./ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

Don’t write off spinach, it’s a powerhouse of nutrition./ PHOTO BY Sabrina Katz

Move over, Iceberg and Romaine! Spinach is the way to go when it comes to making the perfect salad bed or side dish because of its many health benefits.

An entire cup contains only 30 calories, and includes tons of other nutritional perks. And spinach contains more potassium than a banana with about 840 mg per (cooked) cup. It’s also packed with vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy bones, tissue and skin.

It doesn’t stop there though — spinach contains important minerals like iron, folate and magnesium, which are good for your blood and for cell health.

Calcium is also found in spinach, meaning those who are lactose intolerant are still able to get in their daily dose of the bone-strengthening substance.

When it comes to eating spinach, take a hint from Popeye and don’t shy away from these luscious leaves.

If you can, add it to a homemade smoothie (it doesn’t add flavor, just color and nutrients!) But if you’re stuck with dining hall food, here’s a way to keep it healthy while making it taste great:

Italian Steamed Spinach

You’ll need:
A bowl of spinach

Take your spinach and add a couple tablespoons of water. Stick in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time (you’ll need to do it total for 1-2 minutes). When the spinach has all wilted, add a bit of oil and squeeze some lemon juice over it. Mix in some oregano and combine all together. Top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and you’re ready!