By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD, Jackson In Action Communications Director
Harvest of the Month is a Jackson County, Wisconsin initiative that highlights a different produce item every month. September features cooking demos on WEAU-TV 13, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a taste-testing event at Black River Memorial Hospital. A video of each Harvest of the Month recipe is also available at www.brmh.net/recipes.
Turn Out for These Spinach Events:
Watch WEAU-TV-13 Tues May, 30 p.m. Newscast. “Spinach” live cooking demo with Black River Memorial Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN,CD
BRMH Hospital - Harvest of the Month Spinach Event –Tues. May 14, 11:30am – 12:30 pm. Black River Memorial Hospital Café, Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
Spinach Tips & Nutrition
Spinach is very nutrient-rich. One cup of raw spinach contains only 7 calories and very little carbohydrate. It also contains calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, vitamin A, iron and folate.
·Cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits! A half a cup of cooked spinach has three times as much nutrition as one cup of raw spinach. That’s because the body cannot completely break down the nutrients in raw spinach for its use
Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RDN, CD is Communications Director for Jackson In Action and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Black River Memorial Hospital. She develops B-WELLthy Harvest of the Month recipes and videos and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
RECIPE: Sweet Green Spinach Smoothie
Healthful spinach sneaks into this smoothie….The result is delicious!
2 ripe medium bananas, peeled
2 apples, peeled and core removed
2 cups spinach leaves
½ cup orange juice
½ cup low fat milk
2 Tbsp. Ground Flax Seed
12 ice cubes
Directions: In a blender, place all ingredients. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Drink immediately or refrigerate and consume within a day. Makes 4 servings. Per Serv.: Approx. 140 Cal., 2g Fat, 30g Carb., 5g Fiber, 3g Protein
MORE RECIPES: www.JacksonInAction.org/recipes
Harvest of the Month is a partnership between Jackson County Department of Health and Human Services, Black River Memorial Hospital, Together for Jackson County Kids, Ho-Chunk Nation, UW Extension-Jackson County, Lunda Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, Hansen’s IGA, local school districts, The Library and the community.
More at: www.JacksonInAction.org