A lot of people focus on their macronutrients and making sure they get the right amount of each (fat, carbs, and protein), and I have certainly done my fair share of that. While macronutrients are important, of course, I decided recently to shift my focus to make sure I get enough MICROnutrients. I read a great article about how cravings stem from micronutrient deficiencies, and will manifest in cravings for typically unhealthy food as quick fixes. Really, those foods are just bandaids to cover up our body's cry for more nutrients.
The solution? More produce, of course! Finding a way to increase your vegetable intake while making your psyche happy is one of the best things you can do for your health. Then, if you're happy and healthy, you will naturally achieve your body's ideal weight. This super simple recipe from my childhood is a way to eat your greens and enjoy them too. Bring on the spinach!
Spinach with Browned Butter
1 (9 oz) bag of organic baby spinach, kale, or any cooking green
1 T butter
Boil about 6 cups of water and 2 T sea salt. Add greens and cook until tender. Drain.
Put the pot back on the stove. On medium heat, add butter and cook until browned. (First the butter will melt, then bubble, then foam. The foam will start to go down and the butter will begin to brown. When all the foam is almost gone, but before the butter burns, it is considered "browned butter.")
Add the spinach back into the pot, stirring and cooking until most of the moisture is evaporated. Serve with as a side to any meal.
Side note- did you know that sea salt also contains important minerals and micronutrients? If you tend to crave salty foods, you might need to increase your sea salt intake. Regular cheap salt at the grocery store contains almost no nutritional value, but sea salt is chalk full of healthy benefits- and it's delicious. Include sea salt whenever possible! These are some of my favorites.