Do you like spinach?
Some people love it, some hate it — either way, you probably know it’s good for you.
But here’s something you may not know: Spinach isn’t just a “health” food…
It’s also one the most powerful beauty foods on Earth!
The benefits of spinach really are quite extraordinary — especially if you want to outsmart the signs of aging…Why?
Well, it’s rich in antioxidant vitamins A and E — which help protect your skin against free radical damage (a major cause of visible aging). 1
The iron in spinach promotes the flow of oxygen — which allows your skin maintain its healthy color, youthful glow, and can even minimize dark under-eye circles. 2
And its high levels of Vitamin C can actually help your skin look tighter and feel more firm by stimulating your body’s production of collagen (the key to maintaining an ‘ageless’ complexion). 3
So whether you like spinach or not, I insist you eat more of it!
And if spinach doesn’t rank among your favorite foods, you can easily ‘sneak’ it into many dishes you do enjoy — without changing their taste!
For instance, my wife, Kendhal, swears that the more spinach she eats, the better her skin looks…
But since Kendhal isn’t always in the mood for a salad, she recently started searching for new (more creative) ways to eat spinach.
And I’ll be honest, she’s already discovered a lot of delicious recipes that are chock-full of spinach (while tasting like a ‘cheat day’ treat!).
But last night she surprised me with something truly unexpected: Spinach Oatmeal Cookies!
At first I didn’t believe it. How on earth could a leafy green be could be turned into such a sweet dessert?
But when she showed me the recipe, I knew she wasn’t pulling my leg…spinach really was a main ingredient.
And not only were these cookies delicious, it turns out they’re also unbelievably easy to make.
All you’ll need is:
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 banana
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Puree the spinach leaves and banana in a blender…
Then, stir oats and vanilla extract into the mixture by hand — now your dough is ready!
Next, separate your dough into balls (this recipe makes about 5).
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and place them on it.
Bake for about 12-15 minutes, then let cool…and enjoy!
Now, there are many other surprisingly tasty spinach-based recipes (for savory baked goods, pasta, dressings, meat, and more)…
So I encourage you to explore as many as possible — and prepare them regularly — for maximum beauty benefits.
Of course, this cookie recipe is a great way to kick off your new, ‘spinachful’ diet….so go on and indulge your sweet tooth.
After all, when it comes to fighting the signs of aging, spinach can’t replace your skincare formulas…
But it can enhance their effects, promote faster results, and help your youthful looks last even longer.
Once you try today’s recipe, be sure to let me know what you think in the ‘comments’ section below.
And make sure to share this article with your friends and family on Facebook (the “share” buttons are at the top and bottom of this page). I think a lot of people can really benefit from the anti-aging powers of spinach…let’s spread the word!
Your Beverly Hills MD,
Dr. John Layke
1 Knaggs H, Wood S, Burke D, Lephart J, Namkoong J. The Contribution Of Dietary Nutrients and Supplements to Skin Health. 2nd ed. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2016.
2 Ndiaye Mary A., Nihal Minakshi, Wood Gary S., and Ahmad Nihal. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling. May 2014, 20(18): 2982-2996. doi:10.1089/ars.2013.5645.
3 Ibid. at 1