Sunday, November 16, 2008

Spinach puree

Spinach is an amazing source of Calcium! Spinach also contains respectable amounts of Vitamin A and Selenium too! Spinach is an oxalate food as well as a nitrate food so eating spinach in moderation is a good idea!

Just to share some information on the Nitrates concerns,

The highest concentration of nitrates occurs in water, root vegetables and leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce and other greens.

The concentration and amount of occurring nitrates will vary depending on the type of vegetable, the temperature that it is grown at, the sunlight exposure, soil moisture levels and the level of natural nitrogen in the soil.

Foods that tend to accumulate the highest amount of nitrate include:
1. Spinach
2. Beets
3. Cabbage
4. Broccoli
5. Carrots

Root vegetables such as carrots, beets and broccoli all contain nitrates though at a much lower level than do the leafys. Leafy vegetables include spinach, cabbage or other greens like Kale

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Anyway, I bought this pack of frozen spinach from Carrefour.

Xavier is gonna hate me for this cos he hates the greens !! But no other options, as spinach is high in iron contents, which is lacking in the breast milk after 6 months. But take in moderation though. Personally, I dun find it appetizing after I saw the end result when I pureed it, let alone Xavier !! Plus, I hava made so many cubes to stock up !! Check it out below !!

1. A cube of frozen spinach

1. Rinse spinach under running water.
2. Put into boiling water and boil for about 5 mins.
3. Put into blender and puree

It really has a very green smell. So I mixed the spinach with sweet ptato or carrots so as to allow the natural sweet taste to cover the smell. I have even mixed in with minced pork as well.
But Xavier is sure smart, he knows that I have hidden the greens. Before he rejected totally, he ate some spoonful and gave me the look "oooh... so this is spinach !! " as he gradually discovered that !!

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