Spinach for recovery?!
Clients who worked with me in past are painfully familiar with my passion for healthy foods, and my not so gentle attempts to convert them into … well ..eating “healthy stuff”. Can’t beat statistics and peer review articles on this topic. The success rate of addiction recovery is 50% higher for those who choose to implement healthy nutrition and continue with this choice. Boring statistics aside, not only nutrition and cooking for recovery are part of my rapid transformational recovery program , I got a lot of questions related to food and recovery, and particular implementation peace.
One of the most frequently asked questions is on greens and salads. You would not believe how many people struggle with implementing it into their diet. So I though… let me share with you what I do in my kitchen. Yes, I know , its not a cooking blog, but here we go .
The inspiration came from https://pinchofyum.com – one of my favorite websites for cooking. The original recipe was calling for kale. Because it was nowhere found in my fridge, and I decide to supplement it with spinach.
Prep Time: 4 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Yield: about 1 cup - 8 servings, 2 tablespoons each
2 cups of baby spinach
1/3 cup olive oil/ or mix with part of avocado oil
Salt (1/4 tsp)
Cayan pepper (to taste)
1 clove garlic
juice of one lime
1/3 cup raw almonds
Few basil leaves
Few cilantro leaves
1/3 cup Parsley
½ cup fresh cranberries
Pulse all the ingredients except cranberries and almonds in a food processor until smooth. Add almonds and cranberries and pulse to desired consistency.
Can be used as a dip or a spread. I love mine with Ezekiel bread.
So, why Spinach for recovery?
Vitamin deficiencies have been linked to multiple health issues: cancers, pancreas and liver disease , brain damage, stress, addictions, you name it. When recovering one should pay close attention to nutrition, and consider not only adding vitamin and mineral supplements into the diet , but adding as many greens as possible into daily meals .
Because drugs and alcohol interferes with our body's processing, absorption, consumption and metabolizing of vitamins and nutrients, it is likely to develop vitamin deficiencies.
Some common deficiencies are: a deficiency of folic acid, vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, B12, folate, niacin, vitamin D and vitamin K. The lack of B1 is particularly impressive, and in severe cases can cause Korsakoffs syndrome, (aka irreversible brain damage) leading to reduced cognitive performance, confusion, and memory loss.
So, yet again, how does it relate to eating spinach?
Though Kale gets most of the glory in our days, but spinach is the guy to choose. Spinach contains large amounts of Vitamins A, C, has 5 grams of protein per cup, and is rich in chlorophyll to lower inflammation. It’s also contains B vitamins that can help boost your metabolism and contains a large dose of plant-based iron to support your energy and recovery even further.