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Leafy green veggies like spinach are chock full of dietary fiber and essential nutrients to support a healthy gut and body, but did you know this beneficial super food may also come in handy when you’re trying to lose weight?

Researchers from the United States and Sweden recently reported that plant membranes called thylakoids—found in spinach and other green plants—play a role in managing hunger by slowing down the digestive process and triggering the release of certain hormones that help us feel full after eating. Add to that the fact that spinach is low in calories, tasty, and versatile enough for every meal, and the possibilities are endless! Try this simple and delicious omelet recipe today:

Spinach and Goat Cheese Omelet
Serves 1
Ingredients:
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp. coconut oil
2 cups firmly packed baby spinach
¼ cup diced sweet onion
½ cup artichoke hearts, quartered
¼ cup goat cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions: Heat 1 tsp. of coconut oil in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add spinach and stir, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes (until slightly wilted). Remove spinach from pan and place in a small bowl. Heat the remaining 1 tsp. coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and artichoke hearts; sauté for 2 minutes until tender. Stir in eggs and cook 1 minute to set, gently lifting the edges to ensure all the egg is cooked. Reduce heat to low; cook 3 to 4 minutes until firm. Flip the omelet and immediately spread all but 1 tsp. of the goat cheese on top. Cover with spinach; cook 2 minutes. Fold the omelet in half and transfer to plate. Top with remaining goat cheese and season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!

Sources:
http://www.americancollegeofnutrition.org/content/spinach-leaf-extract-found-suppress-appetite-increase-meal-satisfaction
http://www.universityherald.com/articles/21869/20150804/spinach-may-reduce-hunger-cravings.htm
http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/28410/20150802/obesity-spinach-extract-reduce-hunger-cravings.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19548286
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609.php
http://www.livescience.com/51324-spinach-nutrition.html
http://foodfacts.mercola.com/spinach.html
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2626/2

Written by Renew Life

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