I am coming to terms with the fact that I probably should have titled this blog “the recipe doula”. I love to read about food, nutritional values and cook on the fly. Lately because of my schedule I’ve been losing my motivation to eat well, and therefore my steam in general. I was struck by this realization twice this week, once while talking to a client who was looking for information on iron rich foods, and the other was today when my energy levels dropped from going too long without eating. I hadn’t planned out dinner, when I crashed I needed to eat soon before I started getting snippy. My decision on what to eat was quick and odd, I went to the prepared foods at Wegmans and instinctively dished myself a good wallop of steamed spinach with toasted almonds, a scoop of sirloin salad (red bell peppers, onion, shaved sirloin, and bleu cheese), and two-quarters of a beef barbacoa quesadilla…
I don’t typically eat cheese or beef, but it happened tonight, and things feel peaceful. Such odd cravings have to be a hormonal, seasonal cry of desperation for iron replenishment. Anemia’s a real pain in the neck. I suppose I better get back on the wagon and practice my nutrition preach. Women throughout their pregnancies, are fairly instinctive about what their bodies need, but even so, as I proved today (though not pregnant)…when circumstances are trying or especially busy, it’s time to raise awareness and reach for the green veggies to make sure your completing your daily iron intake. Throughout pregnancy the hope is that you’ll be eating three helpings of iron rich foods a day, to achieve an intake of 27 mg. This can seem daunting, but to avoid a crisis like mine today, I am going to beckon forth the cheap shot recipes .
Eggs for breakfast, sauteed spinach (iron and vitamin C) on the side if you like savory.
Give into the peanut butter. A serving of peanut butter is a good source of iron, and is absorbed best when coupled with a glass of orange juice, because we need vitamin C to complete the process.
Bake yourself a sweet potato snack! They do great in the microwave, on a good week I bake a few ahead in the oven, and take them to work with me.
Whole grains such as quinoa, and amaranth are a great source, but best when coupled with a rich vitamin C source, I like parsley when I’m doing savory, or dried fruit (cherries,prunes, raisins) when I am going the porridge route for breakfast.
Raw greens are the best. If you’re tired of salad, try juicing or adding them to your smoothie for an added daily boost.
I made this simple juice at home.
a handful of fresh parsley
5 or more kale leaves
I reserve one of the apples for the end to push the kale all the way through my juicer.
*If you like juicing, and are preparing for labor, consider purchasing small ice cube trays (mini cubes) and freezing the juice for your labor. This is a great refreshing treat!
No juicer? How’s about a smoothie?!
Berry Green Smoothie
7 oz. orange juice or a whole grapefruit/orange (omit ice if using whole fruit)
6-8 frozen strawberries
a handful of baby spinach
a few ice cubes
* Once you try this blend, you’ll feel brave to create new combinations, I never taste the green!
I am going to be on my best behavior nutritionally this week, hope this helps inspire us all!