Iron Rich Foods for Pregnant Women

by Lana Titus

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Having low iron levels can lead to anemia - which is especially important to be aware of during conception and pregnancy. 

When you are pregnant, the baby will drain your iron supplies, leaving the baby happy in your tummy, but leaving you lightheaded and sluggish.

Even though supplements are always an option, it is preferred that you get your iron from food sources.  

Below is a list of some of my favorite veggie options and how the kids and I like to eat them:

  • Dark leafy greens are a great source of iron. Try spinach, sauteed with water and olive oil. Add garlic and a pinch of salt.

 

  • Dried fruit is an easy on-the-go snack, and you can even try making your own at home with a food dehydrator. Prunes are a hit at my house along with apple rings.

 

  • Most kinds of beans have high iron.  Soy beans are a great on-the-go snack, and kids enjoy eating them out of the shell. We call these "pop beans."

 

  • Artichokes are yummy in salad, pizza, soup, or alone. Cut a fresh artichoke in half and steam. Dip the leaves in olive oil. It's a kid fav!

 

Fun fact: When iron rich foods are eaten with vitamin C, the body absorbs the nutrient faster! So eat up, enjoy, and feel good!

What are your favorite iron rich foods?

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