Food For Thought
by Leanne Ely, CNC
Did you know that it is iron in your body that helps transport oxygen in the blood throughout the whole body? If you don’t ensure that you’re getting the necessary amount of iron in your diet, you can start building an iron deficiency, which can lead to anemia, and other more serious problems.
Most people truly don’t need to take iron supplements though; just need to boost the diet with naturally occurring iron in food. Take a peek at how easy this is!
Breakfast: Eggs, especially the yoke! The great thing about eggs is that there are so versatile. Scrambled, poached, basted, fried, and then there are countless variations of omelets. However, if you don’t have time to whip up some eggs before work or taking the kids to school, choose a wholegrain cereal – preferably bran and you’ll get your iron, too.
Lunch: Tuna is another great source for iron! Tuna salad sandwiches are incredibly easy to make and instantly satisfying. If you want a side salad, try throwing together a spinach salad.
Snack: Dried fruits (apricots, dates) and raw nuts (almonds, cashews); both are full of iron and low-maintenance! No cooking or prep work necessary!
Dinner: I dare you to try making an Indian dish! Curry powder is another powerhouse for iron. Indian food is famous for it’s delicious obsession with curry. Try something new and reap the rewards both in iron and in flavor.
What’s your favorite way to get iron in your diet? Discuss below!