Popeye the Sailor Man!

 

In 1929, the Popeye cartoon debuted. Popeye attributed his strength to spinach. The popularity of Popeye helped boost spinach sales.  Today marketing research shows that using Popeye as a role model for healthier eating does work. A 2010 study revealed that children increased their vegetable consumption after watching Popeye cartoons. What a great way to bond with your children over spinach. I still chuckle every time I watch a Popeye cartoon and watch Popeye turn into the strong man after eating spinach. 

Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse. It 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. It is also a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, protein, and choline. If you too want to be strong like Popeye, aim for 1 cup fresh spinach a day ! Toot Toot !