When it comes to vegetables, spinach doesn’t typically rank very high on most kids’ lists. But spinach is packed full of nutrients that kids and adults both need in their diets. Since March 26th is National Spinach Day, we thought we’d take some time to share some great recipes with hidden spinach. That way, you can occasionally add spinach to meals for the family, and no one will think twice about it!

Before we dive in, let’s take a look at the vitamins and nutrients in spinach:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Calcium

That’s a lot of nutrients in a little green leaf! Even adding a few leaves of spinach to a meal or smoothie will boost everyone’s nutrition intake for the day.

Sneaky Spinach Recipes

Spinach and Basil Hummus
This spinach hummus is bursting with flavor. Dip veggies in it, spread it on pizza or a sandwich, or toss pasta in it.

Spinach Berry Smoothies
There are a lot of spinach smoothie recipes online, but most of them leave you with a bright green drink that your little one probably won’t want anything to do with. The secret to a spinach smoothie is to add in enough berries to mask the green! Your secret is safe with us.

Banana Spinach Muffins
Spinach for breakfast doesn’t sound too appetizing…but we bet you’ll change your mind when you see these muffins.

Spinach Pancakes 
These pancakes are delicious and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Spinach Brownies
If the spinach pancakes and muffins are too green for your kids to stomach, try these brownies. You can’t see the spinach, and they’re so delicious you won’t even know they’re healthier.

Spinach Nice Cream
That’s right, you can even make ice cream with spinach! Pro tip: add a drop of mint extract to explain away the green color.

You might not want to tell your kids you’re celebrating National Spinach Day on Saturday, but now you have the recipes to celebrate it with! From spinach pancakes to spinach ice cream, you’ve got everything you need to celebrate this powerhouse vegetable.