Eat– for Good Health

Spoon up spinach to power up positivity!  This leafy dark green is bursting with folic acid, and folks with the highest levels of this B vitamin are the least likely to suffer depression according to Tufts University researchers.  Folic acid is crucial for the transportation of feel-good neurotransmitters throughout the brain.  A lack of it can lead to low levels of the chemical S-adenosylmethionine which breaks down theses hormones in your body. Enjoy with citrus water (squeeze a lemon or orange and add to water to).  Red pears add color, but any type of pear is fine.  (Gold Standard of Thin sells for $.99 for Amazon Kindle).

Spinach Salad with Pears Almonds and Cranberries


2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp mustard, coarse, ground
2 tsp pancake syrup, maple-flavored suggested
2 tsp uncooked shallot(s), minced
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
6 oz fresh spinach, fresh, baby leaves (about 8 cups)
1 large pear(s), red, ripe, cored, thinly sliced into 12 pieces*
6 Tbsp chopped almonds, unsalted, dry-roasted**
1/4 cup(s) dried cranberries


  • In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, water, oil, mustard, syrup, shallots, salt and pepper until blended; pour 1/4 cup of dressing into a large bowl. Add spinach and toss until coated.
  • Arrange 2 cups of dressed spinach on each of 4 salad plates. Top each with 3 pear slices and then sprinkle each with 1 1/2 tablespoons of almonds and 1 tablespoon of dried cranberries. Drizzle each salad with about 1 tablespoon of remaining dressing and serve. Yields 1 salad per serving.

One thought on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Frederic Markle

    Folate is important for cells and tissues that rapidly divide.[50] Cancer cells divide rapidly, and drugs that interfere with folate metabolism are used to treat cancer. The antifolate methotrexate is a drug often used to treat cancer because it inhibits the production of the active form of THF from the inactive dihydrofolate (DHF). .

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