It was early 2015. I was juggling breastfeeding, lifting, and training for a marathon. I didn’t have time to mess around when I had a moment to eat. I would often just throw random healthy things together and scarf them down. What emerged from this chaotic time in my dietary history was a true superfood, spinach and eggs.
Spinach and Eggs are a complete meal
Eggs are the cheapest most nutrient dense source of protein out there.
Spinach packs even more death defying, free radical destroying, life affirming awesomeness.
I don’t eat them for the health and longevity benefits though.
I don’t even eat them because they are delicious, though they are.
I eat because them they work magic.
There are some very special things about eggs and spinach that are not often mentioned. Eggs have a high leucine content. Leucine is an amino acid, but it’s special among amino acids in its ability to promote protein synthesis. It has up to 10X the effect of other amino acids. It gives your body the go ahead to rebuild the muscles you’ve just broken down through exercise.
Spinach has something even more interesting. Spinach is a source of phytoecdysteroids. These are natural steroids occurring in plants. These steroids are completely natural and healthy, but like their synthetic counterparts, help increase strength and build muscle. Best part is you can’t go overboard with spinach there are no nasty side effects. I guess Popeye was on to something.
Eggs and spinach contain nutrients that at the very least speed recovery by facilitating positive nitrogen balance and increasing protein synthesis. They may also give you the strength of a Disney hero. Either way you can’t go wrong with this meal. Eat it as often as you like.
Phytoecdysteroids: Understanding Their Anabolic Activity by Jonathan Gorelick-Feldman