Appetite for Health: Spinach Salad with Strawberries

A focus on folate! Folate (vitamin B-9) & it’s synthetic form, folic acid can help decrease our risk of several diseases. Folate prevents damage to our DNA, which can help decrease our cancer risk. Folate also helps decrease harmful homocysteine levels, which can decrease our risk of heart disease, stroke, & Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the expert physicians at TriHealth’s Women’s Services cite folate as critical to women of child-bearing age to prevent birth defects during pregnancy.

This recipe courtesy of the registered dietitians with the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion contains both spinach & strawberries, which are good sources of folate! This recipe is versatile because you can swap in other dark leafy greens, fruits (oranges are fantastic in this recipe), & nuts (walnuts are a great option)! Starting your meal with a veggie salad full of fiber & antioxidants can not only help decrease your risk of several diseases, but can help fill you up & prevent overeating. Consider trying this recipe this week!

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. spinach
  • 1 qt. strawberries
  • ¼ c. slivered almonds
  • 4 oz. feta cheese
  • Optional: red onion

Dressing:

  • 1/3-1/2 c. olive oil
  • ¼-1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-4T. sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl: toss the spinach with the strawberries & toasted almonds.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. 
  3. Pour over spinach & toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle feta over the top of salad.
  5. Serve immediately.

 

Tags: Appetite for Health, Healthy Eating, Nutrition and Eating, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Womens Health

Last Updated: July 19, 2018