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Superfoods for Super Kids

SpinachSpinach

Did you know that spinach and other leafy greens are some of the most nutritious foods on earth? They are jam-packed with important nutrients such as iron and fiber that help to keep us healthy. It's good to eat both raw and cooked spinach. Super kids put raw spinach in their smoothies, salads, and sandwiches and enjoy it cooked in other dishes!


Super Spinach Salad (serves 6)

Ingredients
5 cups spinach (or other greens), chopped
1 large apple, chopped
1 pear, chopped
1 ounce raw walnuts or pecans
1 ounce raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 ounce dried blueberries, cherries, or cranberries (without added sugar)
Dressing of choice (a simple balsamic works well, or you can combine 3/4 orange juice and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar—just shake up and serve)

Method
In a large bowl, toss the greens and fruit. If you'd like, briefly toast the nuts and seeds. In a small bowl, whisk up your dressing of choice. Then drizzle dressing over salad and sprinkle with toasted nuts and seeds. Enjoy!


Simply Scrumptious Sesame Spinach (serves 6 – 8)

Ingredients
6 cups spinach
2 tablespoons peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
1 tablespoon vinegar (rice or white vinegar work best)
1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos or low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons warm water
3 tablespoons sesame seeds

Method
Begin by steaming the spinach, watching it carefully. When steam starts coming out of the pot, set a timer for 3 minutes. Once the 3 minutes are up, turn off the heat and remove the pot's cover. After the spinach has cooled completely (this takes approximately 30 minutes), squeeze out excess water and divide it into 4 bowls. While you're waiting for the spinach to cool, grab a separate bowl and whisk together the nut butter, vinegar, Bragg's/soy sauce, honey, and warm water until the mixture is smooth. Pour some dressing over each bowl of (cooled) spinach and top with the sesame seeds.