30 spinach recipes for superfood meals

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Our Superfood Recipes Series gathers up great recipes for the most amazing superfoods, inspiring you to add these healthy ingredients to any meal.

Spinach might just be the super-est of superfoods. It has twice as much fiber as most other greens. It is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant that helps your eyes and heart, and helps ward off cancer. Spinach contains lipoic acid, which helps Vitamins C and E regenerate as well as regulates blood sugar. It contains loads of potassium, and even provides plenty of protein. The best part is, spinach is delicious on its own or cooked into dishes, and it is humble enough to keep its flavor to itself when added raw into fruit smoothies, so you get all the health benefits while letting berries and other fruits take center stage.

Here are 30 recipes that celebrate spinach and help you incorporate it into every meal of the day -- from healthy smoothies for breakfast and lunch, to hot and savory meals, to desserts. Yes, that's right. Even desserts can highlight this most amazing leafy green!

Smoothies:

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Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
Recipe: Alaska from Scratch

Ginger and Spinach Green Smoothie
Recipe: Love and Olive Oil

Avocado, Kiwi and Spinach Smoothie
Recipe: Spark Recipes

Spinach and Fruit Smoothie
Recipe: Honey We're Healthy

Berry Strong Spinach Smoothie
Recipe: Dr. Oz

Spinach Banana Smoothie
Recipe: Food.com

Green Apple and Spinach Smoothie
Recipe: A Beautiful Mess

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Salads and Snacks:

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Spinach and avocado salad with garlic mustard vinaigrette
Recipe: TreeHugger

Spinach-Garlic Yogurt
Recipe: Bon Appetite

Zucchini Rolls with Sunflower Seeds Pate, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Spinach
Recipe: Raw Food Recipes

© Jaymi Heimbuch

Pear and spinach salad with caramelized onions and blue cheese
Recipe: TreeHugger

Warm Beet and Spinach Salad
Recipe: Delish

Spinach and Orzo Salad
Recipe: Self

Cooked Dishes:

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Spinach lentil ragout over pasta
Recipe: TreeHugger

Savory Bread Pudding With Spinach and Mushrooms
Recipe: Food

Spinach-Mushroom Scrambled Eggs
Recipe: Taste of Home

© Jaymi Heimbuch
Braised coconut spinach with chickpeas and lemon
Recipe: TreeHugger

Spinach & Lemon Quinoa Bake
Recipe: Vegangela

Easy Vegan Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna
Recipe: VegWeb

Tofu Lasagna with Spinach
Recipe: About.com

© Jaymi Heimbuch
Creamy fennel, spinach and asparagus soup
Recipe: TreeHugger

Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato Stuffed Pizza
Recipe: Eating Well

Garlic Sauteed Spinach
Recipe: Food Network

Grilled portobello mushrooms stuffed with sauteed leeks and spinach
Recipe: TreeHugger

Desserts:

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Spinach Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe: Cracker Box Kitchen

Spinach Strudel
Recipe: Food Reference

Sweet Spinach Pie
Recipe: La Cucina Italiana

Spinach and Apricot-Filled Almond Tarts
Recipe: Yummly

Triple Chocolate Surprise Brownies
Recipe: Yummly

Tuscany's sweet spinach pie
Recipe: NPR

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