I had so much fun on The Morning Show talking all about plant-based iron-rich recipes for pregnancy (and everyone!). We all know meat is an excellent source of iron, but did you know you can get it from plants as well? Spinach, shiitake mushrooms, soy, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, quinoa and blackstrap molasses are all great sources of iron.
When you are pregnant your blood volume increases by 50%, so the demand for iron goes up by 50%. Iron is an extremely important nutrient during pregnancy because it is needed to build you and your baby’s blood cells. Pregnant women need 27mg of iron per day.
Learn more about the key nutrients for pregnancy, broken down by trimester, in my book Healthy Holistic Pregnancy. It also explains in detail which supplements and superfoods you may want to consider avoiding when you are pregnant due to safety concerns. Healthy Holistic Pregnancy is available in both eBook and print format. I also includes more iron-rich recipes for pregnancy and generally yummy recipes. Buy your copy here.
Even if you are not pregnant, you can benefit from iron! Iron helps keep your energy levels high and helps keep your immune system strong.
Carrot Gingerbread Muffins
These muffins are super moist and taste like gingerbread. They are made with nutty spelt flour, sweetened with iron-rich blackstrap molasses and laced with walnuts and ginger. The fibre-packed carrots keep the muffins super moist and as a bonus, you get some veggies with your breakfast!
This smoothie is packed with iron-rich ingredients like spinach (which I promise you can’t taste), pumpkin seeds, and blackstrap molasses. You want to choose blackstrap molasses for this smoothie because it is less processed and contains a lot more iron.
Recipe coming soon!
Iron-packed Spinach Salad
I loaded this salad up with iron-rich ingredients like spinach, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. It is really filling because of all the protein and makes an excellent lunch or dinner.
Recipe coming soon!