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Although it may not go directly to your bulging biceps like it did for the famous sailor, spinach does pack a powerful nutrition wallop, serving up vitamins A, B2, C, and K as well as folate, magnesium, iron, and calcium.

Here are ways to fit a daily dose of this incredible vegetable into your diet.

Remember less is more. Don’t overcook it. A large bag will reduce to less than a cup in no time, so toss it into your stir-fry, sauce, or soup just after you turn off the heat.

Try baby spinach. More delicate in flavor and texture, it’s ideal for salads and lighter dishes.

Brighten up sandwiches. This vibrant green will add more color and nutrition than iceberg lettuce, and it’s a delicious complement to lean meats and cheese.

Buy — and eat — often. Spinach can lose nutrients if you let it languish in your crisper. Consume within a few days, then go back to the store for more.

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