Spinach is very good for the heart. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients that aid in strengthening the heart (vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, K, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, among others).
Adding spinach to your meals on a regular basis improves your heart health (provided you are not eating very unhealthy foods on a regular basis, which clog the arteries).
For people recovering from heart problems, it is wise to follow your doctor’s prescribed regimen of medicine.
When you are able, it is wise to take light exercise, in accordance with the physical activity approved by your doctor, such as riding a stationery bike at a moderate speed, walking on a treadmill, ect. (very strenuous exercise can lead to a heart attack).
It is wise to avoid lifting heavy weights when you have heart problems, so as not to put too much strain on your heart, as it can lead to chest pains and a cardiac episode.
As you recover from health problems, such as a heart attack, it is wise to incorporate spinach into your diet. Spinach can be served as a side in a meal or included in the main dish.
For example, people recovering from heart attacks can add spinach to an egg white omelette or scrambled egg whites, which makes a great meal.
1.) Wash the spinach with water.
2.) Simply steam the spinach with sliced mushrooms in a pot of water for 5-minutes.
3.) Drain the water from the spinach and mushrooms.
4.) Place whisked egg whites in a small non-stick pan coated with a teaspoon of virgin olive oil, using a medium heat stove setting for cooking.
5.) While the egg whites are still runny (liquid) but beginning to become firm, place the spinach, mushrooms and half of a diced tomato in the middle of the egg whites.
6.) If you are making scrambled egg whites, stir the mixture of whisked egg whites, spinach, mushrooms and half of a diced tomato in the non-stick pan, until cooked to desired consistency (approximately 1-minute cooking time).
If you are making an egg white omelette allow the mixture to cook for approximately 1-2 minutes without stirring, permitting it to solidify (become solid). Use a heat safe spatula to loosen the edges of the omelette from the pan as the mixture cooks.
7.) Using a heat safe spatula, remove the omelette or scrambled egg whites from the pan and serve on plate.
8.) If your doctor permits, you may add a small amount of salt substitute, a product that is sometimes recommended in hospital/doctor’s office cardiac diets (most salt substitutes do not taste good and have a very unnatural flavor, which makes one question its ingredients). If you are not permitted to eat salt (sodium), do not add it to the recipe.
You may also add black pepper, which is beneficial to the heart.