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Top 5 Tuesday: Ways To Make Spinach

April 15, 2014 in Recipes, Series, Top 5 by The Get Fit Mom

Ways To Make Spinach {VIA} thegetfitmom.comI  am a lover of spinach and I am lucky to say that everyone in the house enjoys spinach just as much as I do. I typically buy spinach frozen or freshly packed in a tub that can be used for making salads. I used to be strictly a cooked spinach gal, but recently developed into eating it with other mixed greens in my salads. I don’t mind eating a spinach salad, however it is rather difficult to eat on a regular basis, even with the hundreds of recipes out on the internet. Here are my top 5 ways  to make spinach!

Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.

Resource: The World’s Healthiest Foods

1) Spinach Stew- I have yet to make this, but plan on doing so real soon. The ingredients are rather simple: spinach, onion, rice, salt, and ginger powder.

Cooked Spinach {VIA} thegetfitmom.com

2) Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges- This is a wonderful recipe that I found while using Relish.com. I made if for my family and although I am not a big fan of mandarin oranges, I really liked this combination. Mix some spinach, a can of mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and balsamic vinegar together.

RELATED: How Relish Menu Planning brought my family together.

3) Spinach Banana Strawberry Smoothie- In a blender mix some spinach leaves, banana, and a few strawberries. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add some water slowly until you get the right consistency .

4) Spinach Eggs (Kid’s Favorite)- This is something that I make for the boys in the morning. Since they both love spinach it is an easy make and very healthy for them. I usually mix two eggs with about a quarter of a cup of strained canned spinach. I cook the egg in the style of an omelet or scramble the eggs.

5) Homemade Cream Spinach- Not only is this recipe super easy to make, just about anyone who eats spinach will eat this! I love making this recipe for holiday meals. I got this recipe from my favorite cookbook The Ultimate Cooking with 4 Ingredients.

Creamed Spinach Bake
Author: 
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6
 
Great side dish to make for the holidays or to accompany your dinner entree.
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 ounce) package of frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 (3 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons of margarine
  • 1 Cup of Italian-style seasoned breadcrumbs
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, cook spinach, with ¾ cup water for 6 minutes; drain. Add cream cheese and margarine to the spinach: heat until cream cheese and margarine are melted and mixed well with the spinach.
  2. Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle a little salt over spinach; then cover with the breadcrumbs.
  3. Bake uncovered at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes.
Notes
Add 8 ounces of cream cheese instead of 2- 3oz packages. The extra ounces do not affect the outcome of the bake.
Although recipe calls for sprinkling bread crumbs, you can omit this ingredient and still bake the spinach mixture.

 What is your favorite way to prepare spinach?

Loveology by John Mark Comer- A book review

April 12, 2014 in Books, Reviews by The Get Fit Mom

Loveology By John Mark Comer [A Book Review] {VIA} thegetiftmom.comI recently read Loveology God. Love. Marriage. Sex. And the Never Ending Story of Male and Female by John Mark Comer. Loveology is a great read in an auto-biographical way showcases some intimate moments between John Comer and his wife. Comer breaks down what it takes to have a successful relationship into four parts. As a preface to Loveology, Comer speaks about the classic biblical tale of Adam and Eve (one of my favorite passages to read and discuss). As the book continues on, Comer delves into how to make a meaningful relationship through love, marriage, sex, romance and ultimately what makes males and females tick. He uses references and verses from the Bible that many of us have heard numerous times, but have misunderstood regarding our relationship with our spouse and/or mate. Comer incorporates the knowledge that we have, with the verses and clearly states how we can make our love lives with our spouses more significant when the love of Jesus is present.

Loveolgy is a beautiful book

Loveology is visually appealing. The font is both clear to read and neatly spaced. There are some pages that utilize a pink background with white words, but are still completely legible. There is nothing obnoxious about the book’s format, but rather inviting and comforting. There are a few verses that are in larger, pink fonts that help set the tone and meaning for the pages ahead. There are a few extras in the book that include an interview with Tammy Comer, John’s wife, and a local professor named Dr. Breshears. There is also a section of proverbs.

Loveology is published by Zondervan and is available in an e-book format as well. Find Loveology on Amazon.com.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Fitness Fashion Friday

April 11, 2014 in Fitness Fashion Friday, Series by The Get Fit Mom

Fitness Fashion Friday with The Get Fit Mom

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The Salad Challenge: Week 1- Did I Make It Through?

April 9, 2014 in Challenges, Health by The Get Fit Mom

The Salad Challenge Week 1 Recap {VIA} thegetfitmom.comLast week, I decided to take on a salad challenge where I would eat two salads a day for a month. I am happy to report that I have completed week 1 in the salad challenge! It was certainly different from my regular meal plans and at some points a real challenge. I didn’t have a hard time finding salad in my house, because I made sure I purchased enough ingredients for the week.

I actually found myself eating more meals throughout the week than usual, because it was so much easier to make a salad than to throw something else together. I was able to put together a salad for lunch with a little bit of dressing and feel satisfied that I was actually eating.

As for snacking, I found that to be cinch! I bought a few 100 calorie snacks as well as some random veggie items that can double as salad fixings. For example, the celery that I would cut up into cubes and drop in my salad was used for ants on a log as my snack.

To see what salad I’m mixing up in the Salad Challenge, check me out on Instagram. Use #SaladChallenge to search and share pictures of your salad!

The salad challenge is bringing my creative salad making side out. The picture above has two ingredients that I would never think of using in a salad. I sautéed artichoke hearts in a a small amount of olive oil and bough alfalfa sprouts to add to my salad. This salad had a few medium shrimp, boiled and added to the salad.

What do you recommend I try adding to a salad for the Salad Challenge?

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