Healthy Spinach Dishes for Runners

To a very large extent, food does control mood as sadness and moodiness is common in those with unhealthy diets. But did you know that spinach increases mood-boosting hormones? Everyone should be eating spinach, especially runners. One reason spinach is so important is that it nourishes the thyroid gland. Spinach is very high in carotenoids, which are plant compounds that actually reverses age-related thyroid damage, thereby improving thyroid-related symptoms, such as tiredness and brain-fog. Runners need their thyroid’s healthy to stay energized!

If you are experiencing sluggishness and lack of mental clarity, chances are, you need to eat more spinach. I’ve got you covered with the following healthy spinach dishes.

Healthy Spinach Dishes for Runners

Healthy Spinach Dishes for Runners

5-ingredient spinach Parmesan zucchini noodles via Two Peas & Their Pod

Skinny lasagna rolls via Table Party for Two

Baked spinach and eggs via Manila Spoon

Spinach quiona vegetarian gluten-free patty via Sweet As Honey

Spinach-stuffed chicken breast via Basil and Buddy

Sweet potato noodles with spinach via Diet Hood

Spinach Parmesan rice bake via The Girl Who Ate Everything

Spinach banana protein via Garnish with Lemon

Creamy vegan, dairy-free spinach dip via Sweet As Honey

Pesto, mozzarella, baby spinach avocado grilled cheese sandwich via Positive Med

Creamy avocado and spinach salad pasta via Jo Cooks

Garlic sautéed spinach via Skinny Kitchen

Sauteed spinach and caramelized onions via Paleo Leap

One pots spinach rice via Watch What U Eat

Baked turkey meat balls with spinach via Home Cooking Memories

Creamy spinach stuffed mushrooms via Slice of Kitchen Life

Berry spinach salad with berry balsamic vinaigrette via Chef Savvy

Spinach salad with avocado dressing via Marya Flaherty

Spinach protein waffles via Slim Sanity

Low-carb cauliflower creamed spinach via Living Chirpy

Easy pesto spinach artichoke chicken bake via The Pinning Mama

Greek spinach and feta meatloaf via Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Spinach salad with honey-garlic dressing, feta and pine nuts via Lucky Peach

Spinach and mushroom smothered chicken via ABC Go

Artichoke and spinach pizza (vegan) via One Green Planet

Garlic Parmesan spinach chicken via Simply Healthy Home

Shrimp and sautéed spinach via Just a Pinch of Recipes

Sweet potato noodles with spinach via Diethood

One pot-chicken, quinoa, mushroom and spinach via Cookin’ Canuck

Super healthy spinach basil pesto (vegan/dairy free/gluten-free) via Baker by Nature

Spicy spinach quesadillas via The Weary Chef

Lemon sautéed spinach via Dinner with the Rollos

Creamed spinach and mushrooms via Produce for Kids

Butternut squash and spinach lasagna via Julia’s Album

Healthy spinach dip via Amuse Your Bouche

Cherry, banana, spinach smoothie via Cooktoria

Easy spinach pesto pasta via Yup It’s Vegan

Quinoa avocado spinach power salad via The Garden Grazer

Spinach balls via The WHOot

Skinny vegan spinach dip via No Recipes

Spinach-quinoa patties via Back to Her Roots

Baked chicken spinach artichoke via Everyday Dishes

Skinny chicken spinach bake via The Fit Housewife

Roasted spaghetti squash with Parmesan and mushrooms via Well Plated by Erin

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Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
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