Iron Boost Salad
Unfortunately I’ve had mono for the past few weeks so my red blood cell count & iron levels are down. I decided to make an iron-packed salad to boost my levels up again and give me some more energy. This is a perfect example of using food as medicine. This salad has leafy greens, northern white beans, peas, almonds, pumpkin seeds, rainbow quinoa, broccoli & dried apricots- all these foods are jam packed with iron. Since the iron in plant foods is non-heme, it is not as well absorbed by our body. Therefore it’s important to consume non-heme iron with vitamin C to make the absorption more efficient. I added some fresh squeezed orange juice, red pepper and broccoli which are all great sources of vitamin C. This salad had 54% of my daily iron needs and 220 mg of vitamin C. I feel better already! This is a delicious and easy way to get some iron into your diet.