Popeye was right!

“I’m Popeye the Sailor Man. I’m Popeye the Sailor Man. I’m strong to the finish, cause I eats me spinach. I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.”

Popeye-Spinach

I guess Popeye was right after all.  The cartoon character used to get his strength from eating spinach. Spinach is known, today, as a superfood, and it actually does help tone our muscles.

Another food worth mentioning is wild salmon. It’s fatty acids reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, macular degeneration, and improves mood and cognition.

spinach and salmon

Here is a list of healthy foods that nourish and/or improve the function of different parts of our body.  It’s interesting to note that spinach and salmon are beneficial in many areas.

Hair: swiss chard, salmon, carrots, chicken, brazil nuts, spinach, eggs, walnuts, lamb/beef.

Brain: blueberries, salmon, nuts and seeds (flax, sunflower, sesame), avocado, beans, whole grain foods (oatmeal, brown rice).

Eyes: carrots, kale, collard greens, spinach, red pepper, broccoli, brussel sprouts, apricots.

Ears: (hearing) broccoli, squash, spinach, turnip greens, carrots, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, pumpkin,  apricots, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens, brussel sprouts, lemon, pineapples, strawberries, citrus fruits, lima beans.

Nails:  green peas, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, spinach, beans, lentils, eggs, salmon, oatmeal.

Skin: carrots, apricots, beans, salmon, tomato, spinach, apricots, yellow and orange fruits and  vegetables, blueberries, apples, avocados, eggs.

Heart:  flax seed, oatmeal, kidney beans, almonds, walnuts, tuna, salmon, tofu, blueberries, carrots, spinach, sweet potato, red bell pepper, squash, oranges, papaya, cantaloupe, asparagus.

Liver:  garlic, beets, grapefruit, avocados, lemons, broccoli, brussel sprouts, walnuts, spinach, lettuce.

Kidneys: red bell peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, onion, apples, berries (cranberry, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry), cherries, red grapes, salmon.

Colon/Intestines: broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, cauliflower and bok choy, yogurt, kefir.

Bones: Yogurt, milk, cheese, sardines, eggs, salmon, tuna, collard greens, spinach, orange juice.

Sometimes it is hard to incorporate foods into your diet, especially, when you don’t like them at all.

My kids do not like brussel sprouts. I usually wash a few,  pull the individual leaves off and throw them into my salad, along with some spinach, cabbage, and kale.  Mixed altogether with a light dressing the kids love it and eat it.

Here are some other fun ways to incorporate spinach into the meal.

  • Add a handful to pasta sauce
  • Add it as a pizza topping
  • Add it to veggie soup
  • Add it to an omelete
  • Add it to a vegetable smoothie
  • Make a spinach dip with yogurt and sour cream

From the inside out we can make our bodies work best for us.  It’s time to add some sparkle to our eyes, a glow to our skin and strength to our muscles!  Happy eating!

Information courtesy of:

http://www.healwithfood.org/   http://yourkidneys.com/  http://www.activebeat.co/

http://www.theopticalvisionsite.com/ http://EzineArticles.com/4391731

http://www.whfoods.com/  http://www.webmd.com

http://medicalxpress.com/ http://www.metrolyrics.com/

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