Fresh spinach leaves

If you overdid it on National Ice Cream Day yesterday, now is the time to undo that damage. July 16 is National Fresh Spinach Day—and yes, fresh is the operative word there. No frozen, cooked, or canned spinach today (sorry, Popeye). But that’s OK because fresh spinach is delicious and full of wonderful nutrients—it’s especially high in vitamins A and K, low in calories and carbs, with both protein and fiber (and a long list of other vitamins and minerals). It’s also 91% water, which is why it practically disappears when you cook it. Which you’re not going to do today, for reasons already discussed. You are, however, welcome to enjoy your fresh spinach with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and bacon crumbles.