Exercise and diet go hand in hand with good health.
But, just because you pump iron does not mean you are getting all the iron your body needs.
When was the last time you checked the iron content when you scanned a nutrition label?
A report from market-research company NPD Group’s Dieting Monitor shows that we tend to take in the total calories, total fat, calories from fat, sugars, and sodium content. We even show an interest in whole grains, dietary fiber, calcium, Vitamin C, and protein. While this is a good list, we need to make iron a higher priority.
“Growing adolescents and pre-menopausal women tend to be deficient in iron,” says Dr. Lalita Kaul, PhD, RD, and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
Iron deficiency can lead to fatigue and decreased immunity.
Good sources of Iron include:
- Red Meat
- Egg Yolks
- Dark, Leafy Green Vegetables
- Dried Fruit
- Clams, Oysters, & Mussels
- Liver (all kinds)
- Enriched Breakfast Cereals
- Cooked Beans & Lentils
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Blackstrap Molasses
Try these recipes to pump up your iron!
- Broiled Salmon w/ Spinach & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
- Agave Baked Lentils (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan)
- Bunny Cupcakes (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)