Harvest Of The Month Highlight
March is Spinach!
Harvest of the Month is a set of tools and resources promoting healthy eating habits and nutrition education while showcasing locally grown produce. Its multi-functionality has allowed it to be utilized in a variety of settings – school, workplace, retail outlets, and many more.
Check back each month as we feature a new, in-season fresh fruit or vegetable that you can integrate at home, in the workplace and share with family and friends!
For the month of March, Harvest of the Month is highlighting spinach!
Reasons to eat spinach:
• One cup of fresh spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin K.
• A ½ cup of cooked spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin K, and folate. It is also a good source of calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 – all important vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy.
• Vitamin K helps stop cuts and scrapes from bleeding too much and helps the healing process.
Healthy Serving Ideas:
• Use fresh spinach to make a tasty salad. Add sliced mandarins or dried berries and toss with lowfat balsamic vinaigrette.
• Add chopped frozen spinach to lasagna, casseroles, and soups.
• Stir-fry fresh, canned, or frozen spinach. Add garlic, onion, chopped bell peppers, carrots, or other favorite vegetables for a colorful side dish.
• Sauté spinach with eggs. Top with chopped tomatoes for breakfast.
• Use fresh spinach on sandwiches instead of lettuce.
Harvest of the Month is a program of the California Department of Public Health. For more information and access to additional resources, visit: http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/