Remember when Popeye would down that can of spinach and 30 muscles of varying sizes would bulge out of his toothpick arms? Well, Popeye wasn’t too far off the mark. Spinach is a rich source of glutamine which is an amino acid that helps to boost muscle strength, size, and even your metabolic rate. Plus, spinach has some really complex-sounding but useful ingredients like beta ecdysterone and octacosanol that help your muscles better absorb proteins.

If you’re still unconvinced, spinach is super easy to make if you don’t want to use the frozen kind at any local grocery store. Sautee some baby spinach in a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil and a dash of pepper and non-salt seasoning, or throw some oil and vinegar and heirloom tomatoes together for a healthy, muscle-strengthening salad side. Guarantee that your significant other will get chills watching your muscle-y self sassily sauté that spinach.